How to fix SVN not able to update or clean working copy

Past week, it happened twice to me that SVN was not able to update. When updating or committing, the message “Previous operation has not finished; run ‘cleanup’ if it was interrupted” appears. But when I cleaned my working copy, that failed too.

For fixing this issue, install SQLite (download it here). Go to your SVN working directory, you’ll find a wc.db (the database where SVN keeps it’s date) in the .svn directory.

run the command

sqlite /pathto/wc.db "select * from work_queue"

You’ll probably see some records containing filenames you just touched. The records can be safely deleted. Run this:

sqlite /pathto/wc.db "delete from work_queue"

And you’re good to go! It’ll probably save you the trouble of deleting your working copy and checking it all out again.

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