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From David Chapman <>
Subject Re: Unexpected HTTP status 400 'Bad request'.
Date Tue, 08 Dec 2015 01:48:17 GMT
On 12/7/2015 2:56 PM, Chris Capon wrote:
> Hi.
> We are running a Subversion server using Apache2 2.4.17-3, modDAV, and 
> Subversion 1.9.2-3+b1 (the latest Testing release) under Debian 
> GNU/Linux.  We use HTTPS for security along with client certificates.  
> This server has been running for many years with the same configuration.
> A week or so ago, when trying to commit to ONE of the repositories on 
> this server, from a long-time client Windows machine running 
> TortoiseSVN 1.9.2, Build 26806, the commit failed with the error:
>     Unexpected HTTP status 400 'Bad request' on .... {one of the files}
> Since then, we have not been able to commit anything to that 
> repository.  On a commit with about 6 files, it seems to fail on 
> different files periodically.  It isn't always the same file name in 
> the error message.
> The thing is, we can still do commits to other repositories on the 
> same server and folder tree without this error happening and even from 
> the same Windows machine.  So I don't think the communications 
> themselves are the problem.  There is no hardware firewall between the 
> client and the server.
> To diagnose the problem, I tried to check out the repository on the 
> subversion server itself to a local folder (hoping to eliminate the 
> network as the problem).  When I execute:
>     svn checkout https://server/svn/repository/dev/trunk --username 
> myself dev
> the checkout begins to download files then will randomly stop after 
> about 10 files with this error:
>     svn: E175013: Access to 'filename' forbidden.
> Repeating the experiment will cause it to fail at different files 
> seemingly randomly.  Trying to 'svn cleanup' and 'svn update' the 
> partially checked out folder will give the same error after bringing 
> down a few more files.
> I have made sure permissions are set correctly for the Apache user in 
> the folder with the subversion repository.
> None of the log files under /var/log/apache2 seem to catch or record 
> anything about the errors, nor is there anything in the subversion.log 
> file in the same folder.  I am not sure how to capture the cause of 
> the error on the server side.
> Can anyone help me diagnose this problem?
> Thanks.

Have you verified that the repository on the server is not corrupt? 
Perhaps the disk has a bad sector on the drive, and only that repository 
is affected.  Or maybe the hard drive itself is failing, and the other 
repositories have simply been "lucky" so far.

# svnadmin verify /path/to/repository/root

     David Chapman
     Chapman Consulting -- San Jose, CA
     Software Development Done Right.

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