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Can't recover svn repo

From: Alec Leamas <leamas.alec_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:07:59 +0100

Dear svn gurus,

I need help to, if possible, recover some svn repos. The problem can be
stated in two lines:

cd /usr/local/svn
svn # svnadmin verify yalt2
svnadmin: Can't open file 'yalt2/format': No such file or directory

I get this message for all kinds of svnadmin operations, including
restore. The reason is obvious: the file 'format' is indeed missing. I
can see it in other repos, but not in this one.

This repo is one which I havn't touched for some years. During this
period, I have upgraded my Fedora 11/x86_64 system several times and I
guess this is the reason (?). It seems that other repos which I have
accessed over time has been updated somehow; these works fine.

I have tried to access and recover the repo with some older versions of
Fedora (9, 7) without success; same error message.

But now I'm stuck. I don't really know what I have in my repo: what
version, which kind of db (Berkeley?). I don't even know if it's
corrupted or just in an old format. Basically, I just don't know what to do.

Any hint out there?

--alec

PS: The repo contents, is this a hint?

[/] # cd /usr/local/svn/yalt2
[yalt2] # ls -R
.:
conf dav db hooks locks

./conf:
./dav:

./db:
current revprops revs transactions

./db/revprops:
84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94

./db/revs:
84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94

./db/transactions:
./hooks:
./locks

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