[OpenAFS] FSFS Subversion repository on OpenAFS 1.3.84 problems

Christof Hanke hanke@rzg.mpg.de
Wed, 22 Jun 2005 18:42:24 +0200

Blake Atkins wrote:

>	We are running a SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 AFS fileserver with several 
>Windows XP and Linux clients.  Both the OpenAFS server and clients are all 
>version 1.3.84 and authentication is handled by KerberosV.  We have a 
>Subversion repository that is being served via OpenAFS and it is problematic.  
>OpenAFS on the linux workstations usually requires a restart to see some or 
>all changes to the repository made by other workstations.  OpenAFS on the 
>Windows XP clients occasionally requires a restart due to an inability to 
>access some files within the repository; access fails with an error message: 
>"The system cannot find message text for message number.....".
>	Though I have not been able to locate it, I recall reading a post to this 
>list about a similar problem with CVS + AFS.  I believe the solution was a 
>patch to the client source.  I'm about to try downgrading the server and 
>clients to 1.2.13.  Is anyone else using either 1.2.X or 1.3.X OpenAFS with 
>Subversion successfully?
>Thanks very much,
Hmmm, just a quote from the subversion-book:
Other options can be listed with svnadmin help. As opposed to CVS, 
subversion is not based on RCS, but rather on the Berkeley Database. 
Make sure not to install a repository on remote file systems, like NFS, 
AFS, or Windows SMB. The database requires POSIX locking mechanisms, 
which these file systems do not support.

Also, see the threads about byte-range locking earlier in this list.
Boiled down, I wouldn't do that.