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This month's question - Spring 2007

Q: Hi Greg,

I am getting a strange error message ("This client is too old to work with working copy") from Subclipse after I upgraded TortoiseSVN on my machine. Can you tell me what happened?

A: Yes, this has been a fairly common complaint since Subversion 1.4 was released. The problem is that the Subversion working copy format changed between version 1.3 and version 1.4. This was done intentionally in order to reduce disk space usage and increase performance.

What probably happened in your situation is that you installed a Subversion 1.4-compatible version of TortoiseSVN. As soon as TortoiseSVN loaded your working copy that was created with a Subversion 1.3-compatible client, it upgraded it to the newer format.

That's all well and good, but when the older client (e.g. Subclipse) attempted to access the updated working copy, you got the error message that you reported above. This problem with Subclipse can be fixed by following these instructions and making sure to select "Search for updates" in step #2.

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