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"a versioned directory of the same name already exists" error on switch - or update

From: P. Michael Hutchins <pmh0232_at_draper.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 13:26:32 -0500

I'm a pretty new user of svn, but a long-time (42 years) s/w engineer.

We're using a svn repos at another company, as part of a large project.

Since we're behind a serious firewall, the svn server is using WebDAV +

The repos is so large that it takes over an hour to check out.

(I'm trying to supply anything that I can imagine that might be
contributing to this problem.)

Last week, we closed a dev ~branch~, and opened a bugfix one.

When I tried to switch to the new one..
(Tortoise, & then (Slik) svn switch <URL>)

..I got that error - for a particular folder.

cleanup didn't help.

I thought that the tried & true 2nd-layer technique of just deleting the
offending folder & updating might work..

..but the update just gave me that error on another folder!

> Error: Failed to add directory 'C:\[...]\bin\tools': a
> versioned directory of the same name already exists

Why am I getting that, & what should I do?

(BTW, the "solution" of doing a complete 'nother checkout gets old
really quick.)


  -- M.


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