I found the problem in some bug reports. My server had run out of entropy
and so svnserve was blocking on a call to /dev/random.
On that red hat release, entropy stops getting collected. One solution is
The solution I found was:
mknod -m 644 /dev/random c 1 9
chown root:root /dev/random
On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 2:49 AM, Bolstridge, Andrew <
> 1. Check you are getting to the svnserve daemon, if not you have
> firewall or networking problems.
> 2. Check your hooks, typically I find my clients take a little while
> to return if they have a longer-running hook script.
> *From:* Darren Croft [mailto:croftd.arb_at_gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, September 08, 2009 7:06 PM
> *To:* users_at_subversion.tigris.org
> *Subject:* Commit & import hang (svnserve, fsfs)
> We have a subversion repository with an FSFS back end. We use svnserve
> 1.4.6 running on Redhat ES 3. We normally use netbeans as the client.
> Unfortunately, the repository has stopped working and I'm having trouble
> tracking down the problem. Commits and imports from Netbeans hang (no error
> message, process must be killed). Running svn commit on the command line is
> the same. I have tried running svnserve -d --foreground and don't see any
> error messages on the console. I haven't found any subversion errors in the
> system log. Is there a subversion specific error log? I have run svnadmin
> recover on the server, and svn cleanup on the client but with no success.
> Anyone know what could be going on? Any suggestions of where to look for
> more information or error messages, or other things I can try?
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