[rancid] RCSSYS=svn error: svn: Directory <group> is out of date (incl. patch)

"Peter Valdemar Mørch (Lists)" 4ux6as402 at sneakemail.com
Wed Aug 4 17:13:59 UTC 2010

When I try to use the svn RCSSYS I get this error in the log file on the 
rancid in debian stable, rancid-core 2.3.2~a8-4, when running rancid-run 
for the first time:

> All routers sucessfully completed.
> Sending        .
> svn: Commit failed (details follow):
> svn: Directory '/cmhosts' is out of date

Similar questions were posted here:
with no answers, except:

> Someone or something must be mucking with your respository.  I'd suggest
> that you change the ownership & permissions of the files and directories
> where your repository lies such that no other can alter them.

No, that is not the case... Nobody else is mucking with it, I promise.

Running with CVS and there are no problems. I've looked in the changelog 
for 2.3.3 and 2.3.4 and subversion/svn is not mentioned.

Does svn work for anybody else?

Is there a bug here?

Has this been fixed in 2.3.4? Would it help to upgrade to 2.3.4 (I'd 
rather keep all my /usr controlled with debian packages unless I have to 
manually install...)

I've tried to install the patch in 
http://www.shrubbery.net/pipermail/rancid-discuss/2006-August/001679.html (which 
isn't applied to 2.3.4 either) but it doesn't completely fix the issue. 
Is there any reason why this patch wasn't applied or even commented on? 
The only reference I could find to it was in 
that says that it worked if I ran rancid-run twice. Which is true, it does.

This patch *does* fix it though. I'm just worried why nobody else is 
seeing this:

--- orig.control_rancid.in	2010-08-04 19:09:03.000000000 +0200
+++ control_rancid.in	2010-08-04 19:09:43.000000000 +0200
@@ -299,6 +299,13 @@
      cd $DIR

+# svn update to avoid 'Out of date' error
+if [ "$RCSSYS" = "svn" ]
+    svn update
  mv -f routers.all.new routers.all
  if [ $? -ne 0 ] ; then
      echo "Error: could not rename routers.all.new"

Peter Valdemar Mørch

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