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From Branko Čibej <>
Subject Re: Assertion Failure dialogs appear when attempting to open repository with bad URL
Date Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:01:01 GMT
On 10.06.2015 19:34, Stefan Kueng wrote:
> On 10.06.2015 19:06, Bert Huijben wrote:
>>                  Hi Dean,
>> There is not much we can do about this. The Subversion apis require that
>> you pass canonical urls, while the client (TortoiseSVN) that you use
>> doesn’t canonicalize the url before passing it to this api.
> And that's what the svn_dirent_canonicalize() and
> svn_uri_canonicalize() APIs are for.
> Problem is: in that case they don't work:
> $ svn list file:///c:Software/SourceCodeRepository
> try that with an svn build from the 1.9.x branch and you'll get an
> exception.

I think we can all agree that crashing in a function like that is a bad
idea, but there's not much we can do here. API users should check their
input for validity.

But there's a deeper philosophical problem here:


is actually a valid path on Windows; however it's neither an absolute
nor a relative path but that hybrid mutant called a "device-relative
path". In other words, it might or might not work, depending on context.
Technically we /can/ construct an absolute path but the result will
change depending on OS context that we have no control over.

-- Brane

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