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Repository left in unusable state?

From: Sidney Cadot <sidney.cadot_at_jigsaw.nl>
Date: 2007-05-28 19:07:55 CEST

Hi all,

This afternoon I ran out of disk space during a big commit (>100 MB worth of
binary files).

I have cleared out plenty of disk space now on the server, but it seems that
the affected FSFS repository is left in a weird state. Whenever I try to do
even small commits, I get the following:


$ svn commit build-all.sh -m "Added build-all.sh script."
Adding build-all.sh
Transmitting file data .svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: Cannot write to the prototype revision file of transaction '53-1'
because a previous representation is currently being written by this process


Plase note that this is a rather unhelpful message - perhaps understandable
to the developer who wrote the code that emits it, but not to a user such as
myself. What is "a representation" ? What is "this process", here? I get no
indication on how to solve the problem.

Second, I'd like to get my repository back in a working state. I tried the
usual suspects; "svn cleanup", "svnadmin recover"; I looked for stale locks
and transactions (none). Still, no luck.

Does anybody have any ideas?

Best regards,


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Received on Mon May 28 19:09:10 2007

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