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Re: slashdot stuff

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2004-02-23 17:03:28 CET

On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 04:36, Sean Cavanaugh wrote:
> I've seen posts about dangers of running multiple users with ssh
> tunneled svnserve. Whats up with that?

Well, primarily, you have to make sure that everyone's using the correct
umask. I volunteered to add a feature to svnserve to set the umask
according to a repository configuration option, but people didn't like
the idea (because it's access-method-dependent).

I also get a general feeling that people using this kind of setup
(svn+ssh with multiple users) tend to experience a more frequent need
for BDB recovery. This could be a phantom impression caused by the
umask issue, or there could be some kind of shutdown bug. It's really
hard to tell.

One idea I'm kind of excited about it using the new svnserve
--tunnel-user feature to use svn+ssh with a single system account and
multiple ssh keys. I'm not sure if it will be any more robust (apart
from evading the umask issue), but a lot of people are uncomfortable
with having a system account for each developer, no matter how
restricted. At any rate, the --tunel-user feature won't appear in a
release until Subversion 1.1.

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