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Re: Broken repository: Unsupported special file type '#!'

From: John Pye <john.pye_at_student.unsw.edu.au>
Date: 2006-03-03 02:12:08 CET

Hi Garrett,

I tried what you suggested with 'svn delete' (did it via the
TortoiseSVN 'repo-browser') but it's still not fixed. The error message
(for an update via the TortoiseSVN client) has now changed to:

> Added:
> C:\cygwin\home\john\src\ascend\trunk\pygtk\interface\solverstatus.h
> Updated:
> C:\cygwin\home\john\src\ascend\trunk\pygtk\interface\simulation.h
> Error: In directory
> 'C:\cygwin\home\john\src\ascend\trunk\pygtk\interface'
> Error: Unsupported special file type '#!'

Trying the 'svn co' command under FC4, I now get:

> A trunk/pygtk/interface/simulation.h
> svn: In directory 'trunk/pygtk/interface'
> svn: Unsupported special file type '#!'
> [john@cruncher2 ascend-broken]$

The file that is now causing the error is one that I haven't changed
since a few days before the error showed up.

You asked me to describe what I was doing. I'm not in a position to want
to reproduce this error yet (I don't even know how to fix it) but... I
was pretty much just using Subversion as usual. It was TortoiseSVN,
vesion 1.3.2 Build 5840 - 32 bit on a Win2k Pentium 4.

Using the MSYS commandline, was working on a checked-out version of the
repository. I ran 'libtoolize' and 'automake -m' then added the new
files to the repository. One of the new files, 'install-sh', was in fact
a symlink to /usr/share/install-sh or something like that. Because I had
my $PATH set up wrong in MSYS, the symlink actually points to
C:\cygwin\usr\share\automake-1.9\install-sh.

Come to think of it, it's possible that the working directory had been
checked out with cygwin svn, and then I was trying to commit using
TortoiseSVN.

I guess the question then is: how does TortoiseSVN handle symlinks, and
how does standard cygwin svn handle symlinks, and is it possible that
these are incompatible? And what aobut the path-mangling that happens
between cygwin, msys, and windows?

Clearly this 'install-sh' file shouldn't have been added to the
repository -- it's still bad that I managed to break the repository though.

Any other ideas?

Cheers
JP

Garrett Rooney wrote:

>On 3/2/06, John Pye <john.pye@student.unsw.edu.au> wrote:
>
>
>>Hi all,
>>
>>Yesterday I managed to break our subversion repository, and I'm
>>wondering if anyone can give me some suggestions on how to fix it.
>>
>>Around the time it broken, I checked in a MSYS-generated 'install-sh'
>>symlink file using TortoiseSVN on Win2k. This broke my local working
>>copy, which I don't mind, but it's now impossible for me to checkout a
>>new working copy from the repository, which is obviously bad. Here is
>>the error message, which as you can see corresponds to this 'install-sh'
>>file:
>>
>>
>>
>>>A trunk/pygtk/interface/solverstatus.h
>>>A trunk/pygtk/interface/simulation.h
>>>A trunk/pygtk/interface/install-sh
>>>svn: In directory 'trunk/pygtk/interface'
>>>svn: Unsupported special file type '#!'
>>>[john@jdpipe ascend-broken]$
>>>
>>>
>>The repository details are here:
>>https://pse.cheme.cmu.edu/wiki/view/Ascend/VersionManagement
>>
>>I tried using the 'svn cleanup' on my old working copy. It complains
>>about missing files in 'text-base'.
>>
>>What can I do to get our repository working again? Is there any way I
>>can fix it without backend access?
>>
>>If I *do* have backend access, what should I do then?
>>
>>
>
>You could probably delete the symlink via 'svn delete
>$URL_OF_REPOS/path-to-symlink', and then you'll be able to update
>again, although I'm quite curious exactly how you managed to make this
>happen. If you could provide a list of steps to get into this state
>that would be much appreciated.
>
>-garrett
>

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