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Re: Checkout issue with "Can't open file .... ChangeLog.svn-base No such file or directory"

From: David Weintraub <qazwart_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 10:23:23 -0500

As soon as you said you were on a Mac, I was thinking that this may be
a case sensitivity issue.

The Mac's OS is an interesting amalgam of BSD Unix and the old System
9 - not in structure or programming, but in the way the OS handles
certain issues. For example, a file can consist of two separate parts:
a data fork and a resource fork. Unix utilities don't usually
understand this, so tools like SugarSync have problems on a Mac. Also,
some Mac files (such as applications) are really folders in structure.
This causes a lot of pains with Mac development using tools such as

Another issue is file namespace. On standard Unix, there is a
difference between ChangeLog and changelog. But, in Subversion, these
are two different files.

There are other issues like the EOL issue. Macs seem to do all three
<CR> <CRLF> and <LF> depending upon the tool used. Older based Mac
programs using the GUI still put just a <CR> on the ends of the files.
The command line Unix utilities do a <LF>, and some developer tools
(such as VIM) seem to prefer a <CRLF> to match their PC counterpart.

This is no slam against the Mac. I have Macs at home and hope to help
the U.S. out of these economic doldrums by buying a new MacBook. I
also use Subversion and do a lot of development work on the Mac. I
like the Mac as a development platform -- mainly because all of the
standard OSS tools are there: Apache, PHP, Perl, gcc, JDK, etc. And,
I've noticed that the Mac versions of many tools come out before the
PC version.

But, you do get some rather interesting results on the Mac that you
wouldn't get on a PC or Linux box.

I'm glad you found the problem.

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 12:13 AM, Ajay Gautam <ajay610_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> David,
> I think your post solved the issue.
> After re-reading your explanation, I decided to get rid of ChangeLog:
> svn rm http://ajaygautam.homelinux.net/svn/peppercorn/phplist-2.10.8/ChangeLog
> After that, the checkout works fine...
> As it turns out, there was another file called "changelog" in the same
> folder. Different cases, same name... I think thats what was screwing
> up the contents in .svn

David Weintraub
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