I sometimes encounter “The specified path has an unexpected status” error when I start SVN Update. You can fix this error in the following way.

Problem solving

  1. Select the folder which has “svn:external” configuration. Open [TortoiseSVN]-[Properties].

  2. Remove the exsisting “svn:external” configuration. (Do not forget to take note of original configuration!)

  3. Close the Properties dialog.

  4. Start SVN Update.

  5. Select the folder which had “svn:external” configuration. Open [TortoiseSVN]-[Properties].

  6. Add “svn:external” configuration in the same way as before.

  7. Close the Properties dialog.

  8. Start SVN Update. The external file(s) should be downloaded in the working copy without any error.