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iinvalid XML error; corrupt repository?

From: Thomas Beale <thomas_at_deepthought.com.au>
Date: 2006-01-31 08:45:10 CET

I have spent some days scanning these lists for similar reports and
found some, but no answers as yet. Our experience of this problem is:
doing a new checkout or an update to one of our repositories reslts in a
partial set of files, then an error:

Error: REPORT request failed on '/specification/!svn/vcc/default'
Error: The REPORT request returned invalid XML in the response: XML
parse error at
Error: line 1888829: no element found (/specification/!svn/vcc/default)

Multiple users have the same experience. The environment is:

Debian Linux 3.0
Subversion 1.2.0 (r14790) (compiled june 29 2005)
Apache 2.0.54

generally windows XP + near-latest Tortoise

If I go onto the server and do a svnadmin verify, I get:

* Verified revision 47.
* Verified revision 48.
* Verified revision 49.
* Verified revision 50.
svnadmin: Can't read length line in file 'specification/db/revs/51'

At the moment, no-one can do a successful check-out of this repository,
and I doubt if I can do a check-in of work that is waiting to go in (but
I don't want to try, since it might make a mess of my workarea).

So....what I cannot find any clear information on is:
- what is the cause of this problem
- how to roll back the repository 1 revision (apart from using svndump
on the next to last revision and making a new repo out of that)
- my workarea thinks the repsitory is at rev 51...presumably there is no
hope of actualy fixing the repository so that it can continue to think this?

thanks for any help,

- thomas beale

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Received on Tue Jan 31 08:47:53 2006

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