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From "Jon Foster" <>
Subject RE: Can I not use svnadmin load with a remote repository?
Date Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:26:05 GMT
Andy Levy wrote:
> David Bartmess <> wrote:
> > My company has done a preliminary spec for moving from CVS to
> > Subversion, using the python script cvs2svn. The cvs2svn script
> > works fine, but when I try to do an svnadmin load of the dump
> > file created, using the Assembla https URL, it complains that
> > it can't find a "format" file.
> >
> > After quite a bit of web searching, I think I see the problem.
> > The path for the destination of where to load the dumpfile
> > contents seems to have to be a file path, not a URL. Is this
> > right? Or am I missing something?
> svnadmin requires local filesystem access for everything it does.

Yep.  Your SVN host (Assembla) might be able to take your dump file
and load it for you - try asking them or filing a support request.
If they won't do that, then you can work around this by:

1) Create a new empty repository on your hard disk.

2) Use svnadmin load to load the dump file into your local repository.
   (Note: cvs2svn has the option to create a new repository for you,
   which would let you skip steps 1 and 2).

3) Use "svnsync" to sync from your local repository to the real one.
   Note that the target repository has to be completely empty to do

4) Delete your temporary local repository.

Kind regards,


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