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From Ryan Schmidt <>
Subject Re: "svn copy --parents" allows insertion of an errant '\' in http://path
Date Wed, 07 May 2014 19:47:17 GMT

On May 6, 2014, at 18:25, Dan Ellis wrote:

> I pulled a silly mistake just now...  I accidentally let my windows backslash enter into
an http URL during an SVN copy operation.
> copy --parents "C:\Project_files\sandbox\bar.c" "http://svr/sandbox/A\B/bar1.c" -m "bad
> It successfully committed.
> svn update now returns the following:
> svn: E155000: 'A\B' is not a valid filename in directory 'C:\Project_files\sandbox\'
>  First, I assume there should be a check to prevent this invalid character for URLs.

You could create a pre-commit hook to check for the many Windows filename restrictions. I
presume Subversion does not itself contain code to do so because this and other filenames
that are invalid on Windows are valid on non-Windows operating systems.

> Second, how do I undo my error?

You could remove the problem item and try again:

svn rm "http://svr/sandbox/A\B/bar1.c" -m "remove bad commit"
svn copy --parents "C:\Project_files\sandbox\bar.c" "http://svr/sandbox/A/B/bar1.c" -m "good

Or you could try moving the bad item to the correct path:

svn mv "http://svr/sandbox/A\B/bar1.c" "http://svr/sandbox/A/B/bar1.c" -m "fix bad commit"

You may need to first create the destination directories if they don't already exist in the

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