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cannot delete directory with deleted zombie-locked file

From: cpengr <cp.engr0_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:17:36 -0500

Hello all,

There is a "zombie" lock on a deleted file which prevents me from deleting
one of its still-existing parent directories from the svn repository. I'm
thinking it's a bug that allowed us to get into this state to begin with.
I'm hoping (1) that there's a workaround that will let me nuke it, and (2)
that the bug can be fixed.

Here's the basic deletion attempt:

C:\proj>svn del junk
D junk
D junk\README.txt

C:\proj>svn commit -m "delete unused dir" junk
Deleting junk
svn: E195022: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: E195022: Directory 'C:\proj\junk' is locked in another working copy
svn: E160037: Cannot verify lock on path
'/repo/path/proj/junk/subdir/subdir2/file.txt'; no matching lock-token

And then I tried to delete the lock, to no avail:

C:\proj>svn unlock --force junk
svn: E155008: The node 'C:\proj\junk' is not a file

C:\proj>svn unlock --force junk\subdir\subdir2\file.txt
svn: E155010: The node 'C:\proj\junk\subdir' was not found.

We usually use TortoiseSVN, myself included. I'm using the latest 64-bit
TSVN (, and the command line svn that came with it (version
info below).

1. How did this happen?
2. How can I delete this directory tree?
3. Do I need to take further action to report the issue, so the developers
can prevent this trouble for others in the future?



C:\proj>svn --version
svn, version 1.9.3 (r1718519)
   compiled Dec 13 2015, 15:47:16 on x86-microsoft-windows

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