If you are using subversion 1.5.1+ like me you are likely to be frustrated by constant failures while attempting to use the Maven Release Plugin to prepare and perform releases. There is a simple workaround for this which works like so:
Run mvn release:prepare
After if fails run svn update
Run mvn release:prepare again
The errror here appears to be caused by changes in subversion 1.5.1 so hopefully that will be fixed in the future.
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