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Re: [PATCH] svnadmin create --owner --group (Third time's a charm???)

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-11-24 17:26:09 CET

John Peacock <jpeacock@rowman.com> writes:

> Third call for someone to OK my 'svnadmin create --owner --group' patch:
> http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=1541
> This may seem like a minor issue, but this patch does the right thing
> the first time when creating a repository under *nix-like O/S's. It's
> a common complaint from new [to *nix] admins; the book still assumes
> that the administrator knows how permissions and ownership operate
> together.

I have an icky feeling about this patch. Because of the way we use
Berkeley DB, new logfiles and such are created throughout the lifetime
of the repository. Administrators have to be careful about running
'svnadmin recover' as root. They have to be careful when accessing
their repositories from the various RA layers.

I'm sorry, but if the administrator doesn't know how to deal with
permissions and ownership, then repository creation is only one of a
whole universe of potential problem areas for them. I don't like the
false sense of security that I feel these options will provide to
ignorant would-be repos administrators, and I don't like the Unix-only
aspect of it (you know, Windows NT-line OSes have owners and perms,

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