# Re: 'System cannot find the file specified' error

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2009b_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 14:56:32 -0500

On Jun 2, 2009, at 13:34, Jeff Alperin wrote:

> When trying to check out from the repository, I get the following
> error after a portion of the check out has successfully occurred:
>
> In directory 'E:\Desktop\TEST\nag' Can't open file 'E:\Desktop\TEST
> \nag\.svn\tmp\text-base\dashboard-OLD.php.svn-base': The system
> cannot find the file specified.
>
> This happens with multiple clients, on both Windows and Mac OS X
> machines, so I don’t believe the problem is due to ‘duplicate’
> filenames with different capitalization. Indeed, I don’t even see
> the file dashboard-OLD.php. I believe I may have manually moved it
> into a subfolder called /old/ which is not under svn version
> control. Could this account for the error? If so, what’s the best
> way to remedy it? I will sometimes move files manually to “clean
> up” my working copy.

Both Windows and Mac OS X machines use case-insensitive filesystems
by default and would thus be susceptible to case collisions, so I
wouldn't rule it out yet.

Run "svn ls" on the URL to the nag directory and see if you see two
files whose names differ only in case, such as dashboard-OLD.php and
dashboard-old.php. If so, you can use "svn mv" or "svn rm" on the URL
of one of those files to fix it.

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