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Re: Subversion 1.8.13 on Cygwin: E170000 or E180001: Unable to connect to a repository at URL , Unable to open an ra_local session to URL

From: Bert Huijben <bert_at_qqmail.nl>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:16:41 +0000

The cygwin version of Subversion is a unix compilation of subversion running on Windows, via the cygwin libraries. As such it doesn't understand special Windoes paths.

If you would use a normal windows client (compiled for windows; not cygwin) it would understand that it should transform file://myserver/share/path to \\myserver\share\path.

If you would like to use the cygwin version, you should probably map the network share and then relocate your working copy.


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From: MORGAN Marc
Sent: ‎Thursday‎, ‎June‎ ‎25‎, ‎2015 ‎3‎:‎47‎ ‎PM
To: users_at_subversion.apache.org



I’ve been using subversion on my Windows 7 PC with Cygwin with a repository on a Linux server accessed via file://.

I installed a brand new Cygwin version yesterday.

My local workspace lost its connection to the repository.

I can no longer access via svn the repository which I was previously using on the same PC.


% svn status -u

svn: E170000: Unable to connect to a repository at URL 'file://server/path/repository/trunk'

svn: E170000: Unable to open an ra_local session to URL

svn: E170000: Local URL 'file://server/path/repository/trunk'contains unsupported hostname


% svn ls file:////server/path/repository

svn: E180001: Unable to connect to a repository at URL 'file:///server/path/repository'

svn: E180001: Unable to open an ra_local session to URL

svn: E180001: Unable to open repository 'file:///server/path/repository'


% ls //server/path/repository

conf dav db format hooks locks README.txt


The new svn version is 1.8.13 (r1667537) on i686-pc-cygwin. The previous svn version I was using is 1.6.17.


With file:// I get the E170000 error. With file:/// or file://// I get the E180001 error.


The repository directory is technically on another computer but is seen as local on my PC (I guess it’s NFS or SAMBA) when accessed with the // prefix from the shell.

I tried touch-ing a new file in the repository’s directory and that worked, with correct owner, group and file permissions when checked from the Linux server.


If I copy the repository folder to my local /tmp, I can access it correctly via svn. But that’s obviously not my goal.


If I access the repository via the URL svn+ssh://somelinuxcomputer/nfspath/repository, that works. But my experience with the SSH tunnel is that it tends to slow down access.


Has anyone experienced this problem before? Any suggestions?


Thanks in advance
Received on 2015-06-26 05:22:15 CEST

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