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Errors Working With Subversion and FinalBuilder4

From: Tomos Evans <tevans_at_rm.com>
Date: 2006-03-27 17:37:51 CEST



I'm currently experiencing a problem integrating subversion and
FinalBuilder4. Along with some associated tasks (copying compilation
outputs etc) the build process primarily builds three VS.Net solutions.
Before building each solution it executes some standard initialisation
tasks - these are listed below:


* Delete all *.dll and *.user files (using a batch file) in
the source tree, so that the output of the first build doesn't affect
the second etc.

* Performs a svn cleanup command - it seems to need this
otherwise the svn update fails frequently.

* Performs an svn update - to get the latest version of the
source and to restore some external dependencies (dlls) to the source


The problem I'm finding is that the build process fails around 90% of
the time on the second set of initialisation tasks (on the cleanup
command). However, bizarrely, if I were to start the initialisation and
build tasks separately and manually i.e.:


Manually run...


Initialise 1

Solution Build 1


Then manually run...


Initialise 2

Solution Build 2


...it works 100% of the time.


Nevertheless this means that the build process cannot be executed as an
unattended task.


Examples of the errors that occur on the cleanup are as follows:


* svn: Can't remove 'C:/Source/Prototype/Portal/.svn/tmp': The
directory is not empty.


This in turn causes the following types of errors on the update:


svn: Working copy '.' locked

svn: run 'svn cleanup' to remove locks (type 'svn help cleanup' for


I've tried all sorts of solutions to this problem without any success
but I'm still confused as to why it seems to only occur if the commands
are executed in the same run of the build process. Have you heard of any
other scenarios like this? Can you suggest any diagnostics / tests that
I could perform or point me in the direction of any helpful advice?


Any help would be very much appreciated here as I'm at a bit of a


Kind regards,

Tomos Evans
Analyst Programmer
Information Systems
RM plc
* : tevans@rm.com
' : (01235) 854610

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