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Another weird SVN error. I keep telling myself I need to re-checkout a clean version of the svn repository, or better yet export to code, or even better use git.

Regardless I found an obscure post with the solution. I had the problem again, couldn’t find the post so here we go again. May need sudo privileges

I’ve replaced directory path with {folder root} for generic purposes.


$ svn commit -m "testing commit"
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: Can't move '{folder root}/.svn/tmp/entries' to '{folder root}/.svn/entries': Operation not permitted


$ chflags -R nouchg ./

What does this magic do? This changes the immutable flag on the file that allows for editing of the hidden files. The commit should now work.

Unknown is how changing an immutable flag affects the windows system it runs on. I am using terminal to access a samba mounted drive on /Volumes.

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Not a huge deal, but I spent a while fighting with various svn errors and finally figured it out.

Unlike distributed VCS, svn relies on clients and a server repo to handle source code. So if a svn 1.3.1 client checks out code the .svn folders are created using that version.

When a 1.6.11 svn client comes a long and tries to do an update from a 1.6.11 server repo the svn client major differences can cause problems.

Such as:

  • log entry missing 'name' attribute
  • svn: Error processing command 'rm'

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svn: Argument list too long

Recently I needed to add thousands of files to an existing repository, but every time I tried svn add * or the svn import functionality I got the error:

svn: Argument list too long

I finally found help with this link but it did not work with file names with spaces.

So below I take the substring of the output in spaces and ? from the whole line before adding the file.

svn status | grep "^?" | awk '{ print substr($0,9,length($0))}' | while read f; do svn add "$f"; done

I’m sure more can be done to make this better, but this did the job I needed. For example using ls to import to svn would be helpful. For now this only works when svn status can be executed.

I think find is the best way to do this, with regex support; but again I just hacked my way to the finish line.

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