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RE: Repos on Linux (RH9), want to view offline on Windows

From: Britain Crooker <britainc_at_fifthorder.com>
Date: 2006-05-23 21:43:10 CEST

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Duncan Murdoch [mailto:murdoch@stats.uwo.ca]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 1:25 PM
> To: britainc@fifthorder.com; users@subversion subversion
> Subject: Re: Repos on Linux (RH9), want to view offline on Windows
> On 5/23/2006 1:15 PM, britainc@fifthorder.com wrote:
> > Using SVN 1.3.1, I have a server (using the svnserver, not WebDAV)
> > running on our main server, which works great. Clients are all
> > Windows users using TortoiseSVN.
> >
> > I do daily backups of the repositories (using the hotcopy command)
> > which I am able to restore on the linux server and access
> fine, so they seem valid.
> > If I take the same backup (which was compressed to a tar.gz
> file after
> > the
> > hotcopy) and extract it on my laptop, I am unable to browse it with
> > Tortoise or with the SVN command line tools. They complain about
> > "Unable to open an ra_lcoal session to URL" and that FSFS
> is an unknown file type.
> >
> > I had thought that FSFS was supposed to be platform
> independent, so I
> > figured what I was trying to do should be possible.
> >
> > I would really like to be able to copy the repositories
> onto my laptop
> > so that when I am traveling, or otherwise disconnected from the
> > internet, I can browse the source history.
> I don't know about what you did, but two possibilities seem
> likely to work:
> - use svk to get a mirror of the repository.
> - use svnadmin dump on the server, svnadmin load on your PC.
> Be careful not to do a commit to the portable copy of the repository.
> The svnadmin dump method would mean you'd lose the new
> commit. svk has a way to pass it on once you reconnect, but
> you need to remember to do it.
> For uses like yours, it would be nice if you could ask to
> keep a copy of the whole repository on your local machine
> instead of the text-base copy of the latest version (i.e.
> something like svk, but not allowing commits while you're offline).
> Duncan Murdoch

Thanks - I will look into SVK and see how that works. The 'svnadmin dump'
option is probably a bit to round-about for my needs (especially since one
of the repositories has over 1700 revisions and would result in a pretty
sizeable file).

This is why I was hoping that using that hotcopy backups would work because
it would make for a simple method to download the latest backup from the

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