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Re: Thoughts on libsvn_auth

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-04-02 20:58:01 CEST

Justin Erenkrantz <justin@erenkrantz.com> writes:

> --On Monday, March 31, 2003 18:33:31 +0100 Philip Martin
> <philip@codematters.co.uk> wrote:
> > This has been suggested before, and last time I asked how it would
> > work at checkout. Doesn't auth occur before the UUID is available?
> As I said before, it depends on your authentication model and what
> your working copy state is. For initial anon-read/auth-write
> repositories, it should be possible to obtain the UUID before doing
> the commit. For auth-read/auth-write, you won't know initially what
> the UUID will be since you can't look at the repository until you are
> authorized. You'd just have to prompt in all cases.

Yuck, this is awful.

ra_local knows the UUID the instant you call RA->open() -- it creates
an fs object based on the file:/// url, and grabs the UUID from the
fs immediately.

ra_svn knows the UUID the instant you call RA->open() -- it opens a
socket to an svnserve process, and the initial handshake includes a
UUID exchange.

ra_dav, however, is really messed up in this department. RA->open()
doesn't immmediately connect to the network, and that's perfectly
fine. But the *only* way it can get a UUID is by doing a PROPFIND
right now, which might be an auth-protected request. This is absurd.
This is exactly why I said (a while back) that the repository UUID
should be a custom X-SVN header sent by the server. Any time httpd
sends a "401 Authorization Required" response, the UUID should be sent
in the response header. End of problem.

gstein, is there anything wrong with that solution? Otherwise it
seems like ra_dav is in a chicken-and-egg situation. And I don't want
to make libsvn_auth jump through absurd retry hoops to get around it.

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