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Old 03-24-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
Mehmet Karatay
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Subversion: Malformed representation skeletion, any ideas?


This is a copy of a post I've made on svnforum. I thought it might reach a different audience if I posted it here. I hope this is okay.

I'm having problems with my subversion repository. Whenever I try to check out a repository or dump it and sometimes which I'm committing I get the error:
svn: Malformed representation skeleton

I think this might have been caused by using two different versions of subversion on the same repository or perhaps the fact that I had a binary file in the repository? I have my repository on my university computer which is also where the compiler is. I have been editing the files locally and ftping them across to compile but sometimes commit from my local computer as well. This seemed like the best answer to not having the compiler with me.

I've only found out after this problem started that I'm using version 1.3.2 at home but the university as 1.1.4 installed. If I attempt to use svn status on the university one I get the following error:

svn: This client is too old to work with working copy ''; please get a newer Subversion client

This makes perfect sense to me now, but are the two problems related? They seemed to start around the same time.

Does anyone have any idea what I might do besides ask to hopefully retrieve a previous version of my repository from the university backups? That's something I won't be able to request until Monday.

I've had a quick search for similar problems but all I could find was: which didn't help much.

Thanks for any advice and I'll be around if I need to provide more information. Even a tip of where else I can go to find advice would be appreciated!

Old 03-24-2007, 12:53 PM   #2
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I have used subversion for a few years, but I have not encountered this problem.

I Googled for svn: Malformed representation skeleton and got some 200 hits.

One was on haxx as you mentioned and was eventually resolved with manual fixes.

An excerpt from another:
If you get this message:

svn: Malformed representation skeleton

then one of the MD5 strings you edited is out of whack, so you may want to start over.

which suggests a serious problem. By starting over, the poster is referring to a previous article in the series. The error message relates to that action, so it suggests to me that there is an MD5 problem in the repository.

You may want to look through some of the other 200 hits.

Let us know how it goes for you - best wishes ... cheers, makyo

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Old 03-26-2007, 06:53 AM   #3
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Thank you for your advice. The problem was solved by upgrading the work computer to a newer version of subversion. It doesn't seem to give a "mallformed representation skeleton" error any more.



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