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permissions and "object of the same name already exists"

From: Garret Wilson <garret_at_globalmentor.com>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 10:19:47 -0700

I've used Subversion since the beta days, and I've never ran into such a
problem as this. I open-sourced part of my repository tree so I changed
the permissions to:


There are still some subtrees I don't want to be seen by the world.


(Several other permissions combinations were tried in the process.)

So I go to Subclipse and do an update. Somehow Subclipse now thinks that
it can check out the whole repository anonymously, which means that it
no longer sees src/com/example/secret on the server, so it thinks the
local copies are unversioned (even though they still have their .svn
directories)! So when I try to commit, it shows all the secret
directories as need to be added and checked in!

Going to the svn command line, I do a "svn --username myuser up" to try
to get it to switch back to my user and recognize that the secret
directories are already in the repository. It seems to do an update, but
Subversion thinks that all the secret directories are still unversioned.

So I decide to remove public access to *everything* and force Subversion
to use my username and see the private user-based view instead of the
anonymous view:


I do another "svn --username myuser up". The situation is now worse: I get:

"svn: Failed to add directory 'src\com\example\secret': object of the
same name already exists."

So it thinks it will overwrite my local versioned information with the
information of the same version on the server!

How can I un-hose my local repository? And how can I set up my
repository for read access except for certain secret subdirectories, and
still allow myuser to do commits to the secret subdirectories?


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Received on 2008-05-11 19:20:15 CEST

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