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From Sarah George <>
Subject Re: SVN and NTFS - illegal character ':' in filename
Date Wed, 24 Mar 2010 02:15:16 GMT
As others have said, it sounds like there is a file in your repository
with some characters in the filename that your OS doesn't like. The
best fix is to find and rename the file.  Here are some suggestions on
how to do this if you're having trouble just checking it out.

A checkout should tell you how far its getting before the filename
becomes a problem, and narrow down finding a problem file in the

You can use 'svn ls URL' to look for the problem filename without
checking it out, and svn mv URL1 URL2 to move the file to a better
filename without needing it checked out.

-- Sarah

On 24 March 2010 12:21, Blair Zajac <> wrote:
> On 03/23/2010 08:04 AM, Markus Fried wrote:
>> Hi Ryan,
>> it's not a file I put into SVN that causes the problem - it seems that SVN
>> attached a kind of time stamp for one of its book keeping files in the .svn
>> folder.
> As others have stated, that file is something checked into svn.
> What svn does is save a pristine copy of the file in the .svn folder but
> appends the ".svn-base" to its name, so it's natural to think it's something
> that svn maintains for itself, but in this case the root cause is a poorly
> named file checked into svn.
> Regards,
> Blair

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