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RE: Subversion User Administration Concern

From: Sander Striker <striker_at_apache.org>
Date: 2003-05-22 19:34:50 CEST

> From: Keith Craig [mailto:KeithC@VertigoSoftware.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 7:13 PM

> Hi folks,
> I'm investigating the possibility of using Subversion.
> My understanding is that, to change the user permissions to a repository, we need to restart Apache, thereby bringing
> Subversion down briefly? This is based on a statement from the Subversion book talking about making changes to the
> configuration files: "Now, at this stage, if you were to restart Apache, any Subversion operations which required
> authentication would harvest a username and password from the Subversion client, which would either provide previously
> cached values for these things, or prompt the user for the information."

I don't know the context, but changing a htpasswd userfile does not require a restart of Apache.

And even if it were, a graceful restart would make sure your users can just keep on working.
Most useful when adding repositories.
> We have about thirty developers (some in different locations), and it would be pretty painful to alert everyone and have
> them stop using source control for a few minutes while we add a new user or make a change. (This would probably come up
> when creating a new repository, when adding developers to an existing project, or when hiring new developers or having
> developers leave.)
> Am I correct?

Nope ;)

> If I am, any comments, suggestions, or workarounds would be greatly appreciated! (I'm very interested in
> using Subversion based on it's features and design!) Thanks!


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