Problem with @teamcity & #svn – can you help?


We installed a new svn server on a linux box a few weeks ago and we’re now migrating all our repos to that new shiny box.

We are using TeamCity Enterprise 6.0.1 (build 15816) as or CI platform, and while TC was perfectly able to talk to the old svn server running on a windows box, when we try to configure TC to read from the new one we got this error:

svn: SASL(-13): authentication failure: Password verification failed

If I try to connect to svn using Tortoise SVN, everything works just fine, but it looks like TC is unable to negotiate an authentication mechanism with svn, as you can see from TC logs:

[2011-11-28 16:16:00,953]  DEBUG -                 javasvn.output – NETWORK: READ

( success ( 2 2 ( ) ( edit-pipeline svndiff1 absent-entries commit-revprops depth log-revprops partial-replay ) ) )

[2011-11-28 16:16:00,953]  DEBUG -                 javasvn.output – NETWORK: SENT

( 2 ( edit-pipeline svndiff1 absent-entries depth mergeinfo log-revprops ) 38:svn://xxxbossvn02.tdpg.loc/EditorLite )

[2011-11-28 16:16:00,969]  DEBUG -                 javasvn.output – NETWORK: READ

( success ( ( PLAIN ) 36:3a6327f8-976c-bd49-aeeb-750278934a40 ) )

[2011-11-28 16:16:00,969]  DEBUG -                 javasvn.output – NETWORK: SENT

( PLAIN ( 4:AAA= ) )

[2011-11-28 16:16:00,969]  DEBUG -                 javasvn.output – NETWORK: READ

( failure ( 63:SASL(-13): authentication failure: Password verification failed ) )

[2011-11-28 16:16:00,969]  DEBUG -                 javasvn.output – NETWORK: svn: SASL(-13): authentication failure: Password verification failed

So… Bookarmy IS closing

Thursday I received a very sad email from Bookarmy: the website is being closed…

I’ve spent 2 intense years of my life building the site, and the community, with a fantastic Team of people.

Unfortunately I had to leave the team, because of some major disagreement with the new management that came in to turn the project around, that did not happened and I had a strong feeling that they had no idea about what they where trying to do, so I abandoned the ship a year ago.

Now I’m happily working as Technical Product Lead for TDPG, where we are building a set of business intelligence product for Estate Agents. It’s a complex and fascinating job, and a great team of people.

Going back to Bookarmy, I have received a plea from a BA user to keep the site open. I was so touched by the love some of our users have for us that I have decided to publish the plea, even if no one can really do anything to keep it open.

“Dear Simone,

I wish first of all, to thank you for your help with my bookarmy account problems.
Secondly, please read my plea below and pass it on to the rest of the bookarmy team.

”Dear EVERYBODY on the team,

I absolutely LOVE this site, it has held the only sense of community I have felt in a long 6 years in my current locale. I have found everyone here on Bookarmy friendly, helpful, quirky, and fun-loving.

I would HATE for Bookarmy to go down without a fight from its members.

If we made this at least temporarily a low-pay membership site, until the economic climate changes, and brought to bear new marketing techniques to drum up new advertising, we could have our Bookarmy and read it, too!

I think there are enough adult members who would not miss $2-$3 (or 1-2 pounds, as the case may be) per month to keep this grand experiment in truely genuine social networking going long enough to ride out the economic downturn!!

PLEASE consider keeping Bookarmy going under these terms, and spread the option to all members(if  enough adults pay to keep the site going ((even voluntarily)) the younger members could even stay on for free).

If you can set up a secure site, I will start the donations off with $5 (and I’m out of work).   If I can do a small membership fee thus, so can most of the other members!


It’s always sad to see something that took 2 years of your life to disappear like that, especially after I tried to convince the people in charge that they were going head down to destruction.

Anyway, life goes on, and I’m sure there’ll be other occasions for everybody in the team to shine even if in different projects and walks of life.

I want to thank Hannah, Eilidh, Evaldas for spending a painful last year with me (2009) and Tom and Frank for starting the project.

The Catch-22 of Entrepreneurship


1. You can’t attract incredible people to your team unless you have something incredible.

2. You can’t make something incredible unless you have amazing people to build it.

This is a major dilemma that most small companies never end up solving.  I think the best way around it is to actually do transcendent things, or begin to externally validate your ideas.  That can happen in a number of ways.

Money. This is the most obvious.  If you have money received through investment, you’ve likely obtained it because someone thought you were doing something incredible.  This money, and especially that validation, goes to paying great people to work with you.  It points to an opportunity.  If you inherently had money, that works too — because it can speak to previous success — but it doesn’t work quite as well as direct validation.   

Be completely incredible. Just go out and make the thing that nobody told you was possible.  Design the billion dollar router by yourself. Write every part of the software yourself, then get fifty thousand people to pay for it.  Compose the symphony alone.  If you’re really good — you’ll take off a little bit (or a lot) by yourself.  The validation from that success is attractive and indisputable.

Steal the team.  Think of the groups at the original PayPal or people in Stanford’s grad programs.  Both require an immense amount of vetting to be a part of, and the resulting groups are often incredible.  The validation form getting into a prestigious college or onto an elite team can speak volumes for your credibility.  

The interesting thing is that all 3 of these items require external validation — something that can’t easily be faked.  Notice the almost equivalent statements like "raising money" and "having a bunch of free signups" don’t require any external validation — anyone can say or obtain that sort of thing, and they’re pretty weak things to say.  

Doing, rather than saying, goes a long way.