Reported by Marc Strapetz on dev@: cleanup-related code which is working fine with 1.8 JavaHL starts failing with 1.9 JavaHL. According to the docs, ISVNClient#cleanup(String) does not break locks, which seems to cause the problems: /** * Recursively cleans up a local directory, finishing any * incomplete operations, removing lockfiles, etc. * <p> * Behaves like the 1.9 version with <code>breakLocks</code> and * <code>includeExternals</code> set to <code>false<code>, and the * other flags to <code>true</code>. * @param path a local directory. * @throws ClientException */ When using ISVNClient.cleanup(path, *true*, true, true, true, false) code works.