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SVN freezes after the server upgrade

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I have svn server running on Windows XP as service (using svnserve.exe). Everything was working fine until I switched server from 1.7 to 1.8. From that moment, every few days, SVN server would freeze eating up all cpu it can (50% on dual core system). Note that I upgraded repository after upgrading svn software.

posted Aug 15, 2013 by Salil Agrawal

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