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svnsync initalize fails with: svnsync: Server sent unexpected return value (405 Method Not Allowed) in response to PROPFIND request for '/'

From: Tony Sweeney <tsweeney_at_omnifone.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 16:31:12 +0100

Hi all,

we just got a nice new Linux box to replace our aging Windows Subversion
server. The Windows server is on version 1.4.2 (I think). This is what
I have done so far on the Linux side:

 - installed Subversion 1.5.6
 - set up svnserve with some init scripts I found on the 'net
 - created an empty repository
 - created hook scripts for pre-revprop-change and start-commit per the
red bean book
 - copied our svnserve.conf and passwd file from the windows machine
 - added my 'svnsync' user to both machines
 - set the uuid on the new repository to be the same as the old one

However, when I go to initialise the new repository, I get the following

[svn@luke ~]$ svnsync initialize http://w2kmews03 svn://localhost
--sync-username svnsync --sync-password svnsync
svnsync: Server sent unexpected return value (405 Method Not Allowed) in
response to PROPFIND request for '/'
[svn_at_luke ~]$

Searching the net for this error finds me a bunch of cases where the
user had omitted something in their apache configuration, but in this
instance, only svnserve is involved. Any ideas? I'm including the most
obvious diagnostics below. The permissions on the repository are all
good, as far as I can tell.

[svn_at_luke ~]$ svn info svn://w2kmews03 # This is the old server
Path: w2kmews03
URL: svn://w2kmews03
Repository Root: svn://w2kmews03
Repository UUID: d97b01b5-9788-ac43-8f4b-a37d00a70b9d
Revision: 31187
Node Kind: directory
Last Changed Author: cknowles
Last Changed Rev: 31187
Last Changed Date: 2009-06-17 15:34:39 +0100 (Wed, 17 Jun 2009)

[svn_at_luke ~]$ svn info svn://luke # This is the
new one
Path: luke
URL: svn://luke
Repository Root: svn://luke
Repository UUID: d97b01b5-9788-ac43-8f4b-a37d00a70b9d
Revision: 0
Node Kind: directory
Last Changed Rev: 0
Last Changed Date: 2009-06-17 16:50:10 +0100 (Wed, 17 Jun 2009)

[svn_at_luke ~]$ svn ls svn://w2kmews03 # Single repository with
lots of top-level folders.
HideCustomer/
Hudson/
MusicPrototype/
Myfone/
NETApplicationServers/
NETUtils/
PBClassLibrary/
PBDotNetClientLibraries/
administration/
authserver/
autonomous/
billing-properties/
borrower/
commissioner/
commons/
content_server_emulator/
coremedia/
database-migration/
demos/
detective/
hudson-plugins/
id3v2/
incidentmonitor/
ivy/
library/
microemulator/
mod_telenor/
musicstation/
musicstation-drm/
musicstation_content_authentication/
musicstation_content_server/
nightlybuild/
operations/
performance-monitor/
project-management/
sandboxes/
telenor_uci_emulator/
tools/
user/
[svn_at_luke ~]$ svn ls svn://luke # Nothing there yet
[svn_at_luke ~]$

Configuration:

[svn_at_luke conf]$ cat svnserve.conf
### This file controls the configuration of the svnserve daemon, if you
### use it to allow access to this repository. (If you only allow
### access through http: and/or file: URLs, then this file is
### irrelevant.)

### Visit http://subversion.tigris.org/ for more information.

[general]
### These options control access to the repository for unauthenticated
### and authenticated users. Valid values are "write", "read",
### and "none". The sample settings below are the defaults.
anon-access = read
auth-access = write
### The password-db option controls the location of the password
### database file. Unless you specify a path starting with a /,
### the file's location is relative to the directory containing
### this configuration file.
### If SASL is enabled (see below), this file will NOT be used.
### Uncomment the line below to use the default password file.
password-db = passwd
### The authz-db option controls the location of the authorization
### rules for path-based access control. Unless you specify a path
### starting with a /, the file's location is relative to the the
### directory containing this file. If you don't specify an
### authz-db, no path-based access control is done.
### Uncomment the line below to use the default authorization file.
# authz-db = authz
### This option specifies the authentication realm of the repository.
### If two repositories have the same authentication realm, they should
### have the same password database, and vice versa. The default realm
### is repository's uuid.
realm = Omniphone

[sasl]
### This option specifies whether you want to use the Cyrus SASL
### library for authentication. Default is false.
### This section will be ignored if svnserve is not built with Cyrus
### SASL support; to check, run 'svnserve --version' and look for a line
### reading 'Cyrus SASL authentication is available.'
# use-sasl = true
### These options specify the desired strength of the security layer
### that you want SASL to provide. 0 means no encryption, 1 means
### integrity-checking only, values larger than 1 are correlated
### to the effective key length for encryption (e.g. 128 means 128-bit
### encryption). The values below are the defaults.
# min-encryption = 0
# max-encryption = 256
[svn_at_luke conf]$

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