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svnadmin: Malformed file

From: Johnathan Gifford <jgifford_at_wernervas.com>
Date: 2006-09-26 00:13:51 CEST

I'm in the middle of planning an upgrade of our Subversion server from
1.3.0 to 1.4.0. While attempting to dump the current repository so I
can load into a '1.4.0' repository I came across this.

svnadmin: Malformed file

Okay, got my attention, so did some checking with the book and tried
svnadmin verify. Same error on the same revision number. Not much on
this has been posted here on the mail list about this issue and I found
only one link on Google with any hope. That one link did say to check
revision file from the revprops directory in the db directory of the
repository. The file was garbage and not clear text. The same holds
true for the revs directory.

I would roll back each revision, but this revision happened months ago,
so that's about 5000 revisions, so this is not very practical and
beside, all my incremental dumps with the exception of the last week are
gone. The repository is fine and fully functional in production. But
since svnadmin verify failed, this has me wondering how many more
revisions are bad after the first one encountered. I do have the commit
notification e-mail indicating what the user did.

So what is an admin to do? Any suggestions on how to get my repository
dumped using svnadmin dump? Any suggestions how to fix the garbage
revprops and revs file?

Thanks,

Johnathan

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