I have seen this behaviour, though never determined the root cause
.Probably the simplest thing you can do without access to the server
is to put your git svn fetch into a bash while loop, like so:

while ! git svn fetch; do :; done;


On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM, Matěj Cepl <mc...@redhat.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to git-svn clone
> https://svn.calendarserver.org/repository/calendarserver/CalendarServer/
> and I cannot say I am much succesful. Every couple of hundred of commits
> I get this:
> RA layer request failed: REPORT of
> '/repository/calendarserver/!svn/vcc/default': could not connect to
> server (https://svn.calendarserver.org) at
> /usr/local/share/perl5/Git/SVN/Ra.pm line 290.
> and git-svn stops. When restarting git svn fetch, it fetches
> another couple of hundred commits and then fails again. Given
> that there are 11000+ commits just in the trunk, I am afraid of
> a long long night. Did anybody managed to clone this repo? Or is
> there some way how to make git-svn more patient (this error
> means the SVN server is a bit flakey, right)?
> Best,
> Matěj
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