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Sebversion with apache on Ubuntu is up and running and now I am trying to import file(s) from a local drive into the repository. The following error comes up:

svn: Unable to open an ra_local session to URL

The command used to import:

svn import /subversion/project/test file:///test -m "Initial Import"

It gives me the above error. Subversion is set up on Ubuntu and I am able to import it from online source for example http://google.com/subersion/someproject. The whole thing is configured and I am logged in as root.

Thanks.
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by:Papertrip
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Use the absolute path for the file you are starting the repo with

Doesn't work:
[root@broken ~]# svnadmin create /svn/testproject
[root@broken ~]# touch /svn/testproject/testfile
[root@broken ~]# svn import testproject file:///test -m "initial import"
svn: Unable to open an ra_local session to URL
svn: Unable to open repository 'file:///test'

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Works:
[root@broken ~]# svn import /svn/testproject file:///svn/testproject/testfile -m "initial import"
Adding         /svn/testproject/testfile
Adding         /svn/testproject/hooks
Adding         /svn/testproject/hooks/pre-revprop-change.tmpl
Adding         /svn/testproject/hooks/post-lock.tmpl
<snip>
Committed revision 1.

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by:Papertrip
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Woops there is a typo in my first example, didn't use complete repo path for the import test, so here is the Doesn't work way again :)

[root@broken ~]# svn import /svn/test2 file:///test -m "initial import"
svn: Unable to open an ra_local session to URL
svn: Unable to open repository 'file:///test'

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by:ezdrt
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I am not sure what I am doing wrong but it still does not work ...

svn import /svn/testproject file:///svn/testproject/testfile -m "initial import"

Part that is
file:///svn/testproject/testfile
does not work.


When I replace it with the web link it is fine but when I try to use it with files that are on the hard drive it does not. My folders are like this:
[subversion] -> [project] -> [test]
I did svnadmin create /subversion/project/test it added test folder with bunch of files in it which is what it should do. Folder test did not exits before.
but when I try to run svn import it gives me that wired error. I tried full path like you have said. Still gives me the same error. Anything else I should try?
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Try this:
touch /subversion/project/test/myfile
svn import /subversion/project/test file:///subversion/project/test/myfile -m "Initial Import" 

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by:ezdrt
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This worked perfectly ... not really sure what I did wrong.
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by:Papertrip
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You didn't point it to an actual file, you were just pointing to the repo directory :)  In that last example you created a new file, 'myfile', and then imported that into the repo.

Basically you were trying to import the root repo directory into the repo :p
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Very helpful! Prompt response.
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