svn error: “…containing working copy admin area is missing”

If you get this error by deleting a directory manually before committing or other corruption, here is one possible fix. (One that is particularly applicable if it’s an empty directory or one otherwise without a lot of stuff. In my case I was trying to add an empty cache directory so it exists in the repo with the goal of ignoring the contents.)

  • move the directory outside of your repo
  • svn --force del directoryname
  • recreate the directory and add back to repo with svn, copy any previous files (should be free of any .svn dirs)
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