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From "Brisset, Nicolas" <>
Subject Moving a repository with svn:externals using absolute paths (URLs)
Date Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:32:59 GMT

We’ve been using svn successfully for years on a server, and now have to migrate to a new
one. We are hit by the known issue of svn:externals containing absolute paths to the repo
to be moved, since we started with versions <1.5 without support for relative URLs.
We’ve been researching how to properly do this, knowing that we handle certified SW on that
server, so losing data or corrupting the repo is not allowed, and we want to be able to go
back in time and checkout an old state at any time.

We’ve experimented the svndumptool ( referenced for instance
in this post:
It seems to be the only tool doing what we want, and it apparently works, but before doing
the change on the production repo we’d like to know what experiences there are with this
tool, and if  it’s safe to use – or if there is a better alternative.

Thanks for your feedback if you have any experience with this,


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