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Bug in SVN::Client

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2006-12-13 23:02:32 CET

I went to install the bleading edge SVN::Web (now with SVN::Client
support for remote repositories) and it worked fine in tests, but fails
when run as a mod_perl script. I've now confirmed that the failure is
actually the fault of SVN::Client.

Attached is a script which needs to be run like this:

        $ sudo ./test

which results in the following error message:

> Permission denied: Can't open file '/root/.subversion/servers': Permission denied at ./test line 26

The issue came up because Apache drops privileges exactly like the
script does, and SVN::Client->new() tries to open the real UID's
.subversion directory (which is can't), not the effective UID's
directory. I haven't looked at the code yet to figure out what is going
wrong (too busy trying to work out whether it was mod_perl's fault instead).


Subversion 1.4.2 built from source with Apache 2.2.0 and APR 1.2.2
Perl v5.8.8


John Peacock
Director of Information Research and Technology
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
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Received on Wed Dec 13 23:02:37 2006

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