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From Rich McGrew <>
Subject SubVersion crash in TortoiseSVN 1.8.8
Date Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:46:41 GMT
This crash happened in TortoiseSVN 1.8.8, which is based on Apache SubVersion 1.8.10, both
of which are the latest release versions. It happened on 32-bit Windows XP Professional with
Service Pack 3. It occurred when I was trying to view the difference between 2 previous revisions
of a file in an SVN repository that uses the svn+ssh:// protocol, on SourceForge. I get this
crash very often in TortoiseSVN 1.8.8 and the error message says to post an email to this
email address. However the error message is exactly the same every time. So I am only emailing
this bug in once even though it keeps happening again and again and again. Please fix it so
I don't have to deal with this annoying bug anymore. I think the error message itself,

In file
 line 8731: assertion failed (svn_dirent_is_absolute(local_abspath)),

that error message ought to be more than enough for you to figure out what went wrong, it
says exactly what line of source code has the error, line 8731 of wc_db.c, and it says what
the error is too. Anyway I get this error ALL THE TIME now so please fix it.

Also maybe you should have Apache SubVersion automatically report crash reports to
the way TortoiseSVN does so that users like me don't have to manually email these crash reports
in and so you can get an accurate count of how often the crashes actually occur.
is the new name for, anyway an explanation of it is on the TortoiseSVN site
here: Automated crash reports would make the program
more stable and allow you to accurately track statistics on each type of crash to prioritize
fixing the most common ones first, and you wouldn't need people to send in emails of crash
reports anymore.
Here is the crash log:

Subversion Exception!
Subversion encountered a serious problem.
Please take the time to report this on the Subversion mailing list
with as much information as possible about what
you were trying to do.
But please first search the mailing list archives for the error message
to avoid reporting the same problem repeatedly.
You can find the mailing list archives at

Subversion reported the following
(you can copy the content of this dialog
to the clipboard using Ctrl-C):

In file
 line 8731: assertion failed (svn_dirent_is_absolute(local_abspath))

Rich McGrew, open-source programmer

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