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svnadmin: Expected repository format '3' or '5'; found format '4'

From: Tena Sakai <tsakai_at_gallo.ucsf.edu>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 20:54:09 -0700

Hi folks,

I am a complete novice at using subversion and I
am in need of help.

Here's the situation:

I have a subversion repository on a linux machine.
The path to the repository is /usr/local/svn/tsakai.
I have a project which is under ~/Projects/pivot and
I want to check in everything in this directory.
I issued:

 $ svn import ~/Projects/pivot file:///usr/local/svn/tsakai -m "initial import"

The machine's response was:
 svn: Can't open file '/usr/local/svn/tsakai/db/txn-current-lock': Permission denied

I asked:
 $ svnadmin lslocks /usr/local/svn/tsakai/db

And the response was:
 svnadmin: Expected repository format '3' or '5'; found format '4'

I asked a slightly different question:
 $ svnadmin lstxns /usr/local/svn/tsakai/db

and I got the same response:
 svnadmin: Expected repository format '3' or '5'; found format '4'

Next, I issued:
 $ svnadmin --version

and I got:
 svnadmin, version 1.6.5 (r38866)
   compiled Sep 1 2009, 12:49:51

 Copyright (C) 2000-2009 CollabNet.
 Subversion is open source software, see http://subversion.tigris.org/
 This product includes software developed by CollabNet (http://www.Collab.Net/).

 The following repository back-end (FS) modules are available:

 * fs_fs : Module for working with a plain file (FSFS) repository.

Can someone please tell me what is going on?

Is subversion upset becuase it doesn't like the repository
format I am using?

If so, what is the remedy? Is this where dump/load is needed?

If not, what is the path forward?

I don't want anything fancy. I don't want to use apache
portable library; I don't want to use berkeley db. I want
to use something really basic (for now anyway).

Oh, one more thing. When I issue:
 $ svn --version

It says:
 svn: could not initialize the SASL library

And when I type:
 $ svn

It melts down:
 Segmentation fault

Does this mean I don't have command line client?
Any suggestion?

I would really appreciate your help.

Thank you.

Tena Sakai
tsakai_at_gallo.ucsf.edu

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