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"target path does not exist" error when merging (svn 1.5.x)

From: Kate Ebneter <kate_at_ning.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 02:18:20 -0700

We just upgraded a fairly substantial repository to svn 1.5.3, which has a
lot of branches, so we were pretty excited about using the new
merge-tracking in 1.5.x. Our branching model is that we create branches for
releases as soon as we start working on them, and periodically merge changes
from the branches in a cascade to the trunk; for example, we might have the

       /------------------------------------> 1.0
      / /-------------------------------------> 1.1
     / / /-------------------------------------> 1.1.1
    / / / /------------------------------------> 1.2
   / / / /
---------------------------------------------------------------> trunk

and we'd merge 1.0 => 1.1 => 1.1.1 => 1.2 => trunk.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the new svn merge syntax, but I was under the
impression that I could, for example, do something like:

    cd my-1.1-working-copy
    svn merge svn://our.svn.repository/branches/1.0

and, assuming we had merge-tracking somehow primed*, it would do the merge;
but in fact whenever I do that, I get an error: "svn: Target path does not

A more concrete example, slightly anonymized from the real paths:

$ cd 1.1 # my clean 1.1 working copy
$ svn mergeinfo --show-revs eligible \

$ svn merge svn://svn.us.com/branches/1.0
svn: Target path does not exist

If I do

$ svn merge -c 28141 svn://svn.us.com/branches/1.0

it works fine.

The server was upgraded from 1.4 and I actually did a dump/load because I
wanted to reshard the respository. I should add that it's possible that
there are some rather ... hairy ... renames in the branches at the moment
and if that's the issue, I guess we'll just have to live with it, but I
can't find any clear information on what causes this "Target path does not
exist" error. Any insight would be appreciated.

Kate Ebneter
Build Engineer
Ning, Inc.

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