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RE: "This client is too old to work with working copy" [SOLVED]

From: Clyde Jones <cjones_at_exelixis.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 09:44:58 -0700

Soren 'Frank' Munch <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I got an error saying 'This client is too old to work with
> working copy' when typing 'svn'.
> It did not say what version the working copy was, though.
> There was a link to a page which had a link to a
> python-script, but it failed.
> Sorry for not recording the error message.
> The problem was easily solved. I did the following:
> $ mv working_copy old_working_copy
> $ find old_working_copy -name ".svn" | xargs rm -rf $ svn
> checkout svn://myserver/path/trunk working_copy $ cp -Rfp
> old_working_copy/* working_copy
> Simple, and more reliable than any conversion script! :-) I
> had all my work back, and 'svn' worked again.
> I just post it in the hope that this, admitted: trivial,
> idea may help somebody else, e.g. if the python-script fails.
> - - -
> Must get around to upgrade one day...

I have had good luck with a script in the collabnet tools that will
change the version for you.

This fixes the error without having to remove the .svn and recheck out
the path


usage: change-svn-wc-format.py WC_PATH SVN_VERSION [--verbose] [--force]
       change-svn-wc-format.py --help

Change the format of a Subversion working copy to that of SVN_VERSION.

  --skip-unknown-format : skip directories with unknown working copy
                             format and continue the update

Clyde Jones
R&D Informatics
Senior Operations Developer
Exelixis Inc
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