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SVN & UTF 8 Encoded file names error on Debian Linux

March 6th, 2011 No comments

An interesting error occurred today, while trying to do any SVN command I got the message:

svn: Valid UTF-8 data

(hex:)

followed by invalid UTF-8 sequence

(hex: b8 b4 bc fe)

It took me a while to get the solution, but there it is: it happens because there is some corruption in file names (usually from Windows). The solution was simple – to narrow the search for the folder with the corrupted file name, delete the corrupted file and then check it out from the repository again.

Special thanks to: http://ryanerwin.com/2007/04/09/valid-utf-8-data-hex-followed-by-invalid-utf-8-sequence/

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