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Re: Can't find a temporary directory

From: Sean Kirkby <skirkby_at_concentrico.net>
Date: 2007-02-15 00:47:02 CET

 On 2/14/2007 at 2:31 PM, Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007a@ryandesign.com> wrote:

> On Feb 14, 2007, at 11:27, Sean Kirkby wrote:
>
>> I just created a new Subversion server using v1.4.3, and copied a
>> hotcopy of our repo's to the new server. The old server is using
>> v1.3.x.
>>
>> Trying to check out or update any repo gives the error "Can't find
>> a temporary directory". But I am able to commit without a problem.
>>
>> This happens with repo's that were copied over (format=3), as well
>> as brand new repo's (format=5).
>>
>> The command I issue from svn is:
>>
>> svn co http://localhost/ccocode/cs cs
>>
>> The exact text of the error when using the svn client v1.4.3 is:
>>
>> svn: REPORT request failed on '/ccocode/cs/!svn/vcc/default'
>> svn: Can't find a temporary directory: Error string not specified yet
>>
>> I get similar error when using TortoiseSVN ("svn:" is replaced with
>> "Error:").
>>
>> I am able to browse any of the repositories using TortoiseSVN, as
>> well as a browser, and can list contents of repos using the svn
>> client. In addition, the svn client is able to check out from and
>> update any of the repositories using a file:// URL. I only see the
>> error when using http:// URL's.
>>
>> I have done quite a bit of Internet sleuthing, and have seen
>> references to unwriteable /tmp and /var/tmp directories, as well as
>> issues with old Apache Portable Runtime packages (in particular,
>> versions prior to v0.9.7 appear to have caused problems in the past.)
>>
>> I am running Apache v2.0.49.
>> I am running APR v0.9.12 (this was installed from source from the
>> Subversion dependancies package.)
>> I am running Subversion v1.4.3.
>>
>> Apache is running as user "wwwrun".
>>
>> /tmp and /var/tmp are both rwx for user, group, and world, and are
>> both currently owned by wwwrun. (Both directories also have the
>> sticky bit set - same as on the old machine.)
>>
>> I've read some reports of people who said similar things about
>> their temp directories, and yet said that they discovered that the
>> "subversion user" could indeed not write to the temp directories
>> (though they were chmod 777). I suppose this could be an issue for
>> me too, but I'm not sure how to tell... I thought that chmod 777
>> would allow all users to write...?
>
> I don't see what OS you're using on the new server.... is it a Linux
> with the SELinux option? If so, you may need more than just chmod;
> you may need chcon as well; see the FAQ:
>
> http://subversion.tigris.org/faq.html#reposperms
>

Thanks, Ryan.

I am running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES9) on both the old and new servers, both *without* the SELinux option.

Just out of curiosity, if I had SELinux, and the security context of the repositories were an issue, should I be able to browse a repository, or commit to it? Because I am able to perform both of those functions...

Thanks.

--sk.

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