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svnsync fails with unknown error

From: J. Norment <jnorment_at_q2software.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 13:22:22 -0500

svnsync is failing on a 9.2 G repository. The source repo is SVN
1.4.5....

Originally, a sync was set up with another repo, also running SVN 1.4.5.
It eventually failed quietly at rev 12531. This went unnoticed until I
tried to build an upgrade environment in lenny running 1.5.6 and tried
to sync the source. It failed at rev 12531. It doesn't give me a lot
of information to work with:

".svnsync: Unknown command 'failure' "

The sync has been broken 3 times now on rev 12531.

Subsequent syncs return this result:

svnsync: Path 'QA/Releases/Q2 2.6.3/Q2 Adaptors
2.6.3.1617/ProgramBins/Sample/QuorumChangeOfAddress' not present Failure
synchronizing SVN repo: 1

Figuring that there was something anomalous in the repo, I did a
hot-copy and verified all the revisions, and then attempted to make the
hot-copy a sync destination. It did would not establish a sync with it.

So I created an empty repo, did a dump of the orig repo, and a load into
a repo where the link had been successfully established between the
source and sync repos. After doing the load, the sync complained that I
committed data outside of the sync operation.

So what I have is this: A repo that won't sync correctly, and no way to
force a sync repo to be created from data from a pre-existing repo.

I really need to get this migration done. Does anyone know how to:

1) determine why svnsync is choking? ( I don't seem to have log files
to work with... )
2) force a pre-existing repo to be used for sync'ing?
3) unstick the svnsync operation so that it can complete syncing the
repo?

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