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Found malformed header block in dumpfile stream

From: Graham Leggett <minfrin_at_sharp.fm>
Date: 2006-11-17 16:38:46 CET

Hi all,

Following the instructions at
I have been trying to split a single repository "fo" like this:


In two separate repositories "hoops" and "infinity" like this:




In other words, I want to strip off the leading directory in the dump file.

Using "svndumpfilter include hoops" and "svndumpfile include infinity", I
am able to split the repository in two, and can successfully load the two
dumpfiles back into new repos.

I then use sed to remove the prefix "hoops/" from the Node-path and

This new dumpfile is now corrupt. Any attempt to load the dump file
results in the following error message the first time a binary file is
included in a commit:

Found malformed header block in dumpfile stream

It seems to make no difference whether I try and remove the directory
prefix, or change the directory prefix - as soon as the directory changes,
the dumpfile is corrupt.

The docs warn that any editing must preserve the line endings. I dumped
the repo on a Solaris system, and did editing using sed on the same
system. Does sed disturb the line endings?

Is there a new way of achieving this that is not yet in the documentation?


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Received on Fri Nov 17 16:39:45 2006

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