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Re: Intermittent Commit Error

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007b_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-04-25 10:30:50 CEST

On Apr 25, 2007, at 02:43, David Harrigan wrote:

> I get, every so often, a very strange error when trying to commit into
> the repository. Here's the error:
> david@piccolino:~/javastuff/eclipse-3.3m6/workspace/mediaservice$ svn
> commit -m "test"
> Sending
> mediaservice-ejb/main/orange/media/service/actions/ItemActionImpl.java
> svn: Commit failed (details follow):
> svn: Your file or directory 'actions/ItemActionImpl.java' is probably
> out-of-date
> svn: The version resource does not correspond to the resource
> within the
> transaction. Either the requested version resource is out of date
> (needs to be updated), or the requested version resource is newer than
> the transaction root (restart the commit).

It can be perfectly normal to encounter that message. You may have a
mixed-revision working copy. Please read:


Especially item #2, and also the link to the extended discussion of
the topic in the Subversion Book.

> However:
> 1. I'm the only person working on the repository presently.

That's fine, and you can still see that message when you're the only
one working on a project, as explained above.

> 2. The local file is more up-to-date that the remote file.

Um... that's not... possible. Up-to-dateness in Subversion
terminology refers to a working copy only and is in respect to the
repository version. If by "remote file" you mean the version in the
repository, then it does not make sense to say that the remote file
is up-to-date because a) it's not a remote file; it's a record in the
Subversion repository database, which is not actually a file on disk,
and b) the repository is always up-to-date with itself, whereas the
working copy may be up-to-date, or it may be some revisions behind
the repository.

Now, if you meant that your working copy has changes in it which are
not yet in the repository, then that's fine but the way to express it
would be that the local working copy has uncommitted changes.
Separately from that, your working copy may or may not be up-to-date.

> 3. Both client and server are running 1.4.3


> 4. Server and client are both Linux (Server = Redhat, Client = Ubuntu)


> 5. Both machines have similar dates (the client is a few seconds
> ahead)

That's probably fine.

> 6. Running svn cleanup doesn't help.

Unless Subversion told you "run cleanup", running cleanup won't help

> 7. Running svn up and then svn commit doesn't work

This is the only thing you wrote that indicates something else may be
wrong. Are you absolutely sure that "svn up" and then "svn commit"
still produces the same error message? If so, then I do not know what
the problem is, other than that your working copy may be messed up,
and you should check out a new working copy and use that in the future.

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