svn: Commit failed (details follow): svn: File already exists:

15th Sep, 2009 | svn

I've been fighting this error since I started using subversion. When you have a Joomla site under subversion there is no way to gracefully follow the svn add/delete commands when it comes to installing/removing components and plugins via the Joomla admin console.

Attempting to run svn update first fails as does removing all the .svn directories within the directories causing the problem.

What cured it for me this time was running svn delete directly on the repository via file:///

svn delete file:///