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Re: Win2k Server client NTFS corruption problems

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006Q1_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-01-04 19:12:53 CET

On Jan 4, 2006, at 18:11, Xn Nooby wrote:

> I have a Windows 2003 Server that is using the latest Subversion
> and Tortoise client software to pull files from a dedicated
> server. Twice this machine had it's main Subversion-controlled
> directory get corrupted. Each time I have had to reboot and let it
> CHKDSK the drive. This most recent time the entire directory was
> lost, including uncommited files.
> Once the directory is corrupted, it cannot be browsed to using
> Windows Explorerer, even with TortoiseSVN removed. The error
> message is that the directory is inaccessible. From a DOS box, the
> directory cannot be CD'd in to. The DOS "copy" command was able to
> copy about 80% of the files.
> Are there any known problems with the Subversion and TortoiseSVN
> clients on Windows 2003 Server?
> This machine has RAID (mirrored) drives, so it is unlikely to be a
> physical media problem. We have other machines similarly
> configured, but this is the only one that is suffering from
> corruption problems. I do not think that simultaneous users are an
> issue (thought its possible since multiple people can log in
> remotely).
> I'm mostly wondering if there are any known issues regarding this.
> It's rare to have NTFS corruption, so something odd is going on.

You didn't say which type of repository you're using, but BDB
repositories are known to get wedged frequently, the popular solution
to which is to convert to FSFS repositories which many regard as
being more stable. Conversion instructions:


However, the symptoms you describe, that of not even being able to
copy the files using operating system facilities, seems to point away
from Subversion as a culprit and towards broken hardware. Despite
your feeling to the contrary, I'd suspect disk trouble (or RAM or CPU
or motherboard trouble, in that order).

Perhaps only something in the disk's formatting is corrupted. Can you
try a repository stored on a different disk?

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