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[PATCH] -- FAQ: more detail for "Why aren't my repository hooks working"

From: Eric Hanchrow <offby1_at_blarg.net>
Date: 2005-03-01 19:23:19 CET

I've answered this question a few times on IRC, and have decided that
that constitutes "frequent" ... so:

Add more detail to ``Why aren't my repository hooks working?''
Index: faq.html
--- faq.html (revision 13185)
+++ faq.html (working copy)
@@ -182,9 +182,7 @@
     with Apache on Win32 and I'm getting an error saying that the
     module cannot be found, yet the mod_dav_svn.so file is right
     there in <tt>\Apache\modules.</tt></a></li>
-<li><a href="#hook-environment">Why aren't my repository hooks working?
- They're supposed to invoke external programs, but the invocations
- never seem to happen.</a></li>
+<li>Why aren't my repository hooks working?</li>
 <li><a href="#diff-cmd">Why does my --diff-cmd complain about '-u'?
     I tried to override it with --extensions, but it's not working.</a></li>
 <li><a href="#plaintext-passwords">Ahhh! I just discovered that my
@@ -2388,10 +2386,12 @@
 <a name="win32-hooks"></a> <!-- for compatibility with old question -->
-<h3><a name="hook-environment" title="#hook-environment"
- >Why aren't my repository hooks working?
+<h3><a name="hook-debugging" title="#hook-debugging"
+ >Why aren't my repository hooks working?</a></h3>
+ <ul>
+ <li>
     They're supposed to invoke external programs, but the invocations
- never seem to happen.</a></h3>
+ never seem to happen.
 <p>When invoking other programs from repository hook scripts, try
 using absolute paths. The environment the hooks get when Subversion
@@ -2400,7 +2400,30 @@
 environment the hooks get when you test them by hand. In particular,
 $PATH on Unix, or %PATH% on Windows, may not have all the directories
 you expect.</p>
+ <li>General tips</li>
+If you're using Linux or Unix, try running the script "by hand", after
+ doing the following preparation:
+ <ol>
+ <li>Use "sudo" or similar to become the user who normally
+ would run the script. This might be <tt>httpd</tt> or
+ <tt>www-data</tt>, for example, if you're using Apache;
+ it might be a user like <tt>svn</tt> if you're running
+ svnserve and have created a special user.</li>
+ <li>
+ Invoke the script with the "env" program. Here's an
+ example for the post-commit hook:
+ $ env - ./pre-commit /var/lib/svn-repos 1234
+ </li>
+ <li>
+ Check your console for errors.
+ </li>
+ </ol>

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