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Re: Bug in SVN::Client

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2006-12-14 01:08:06 CET

John Peacock wrote:
> No that doesn't fix it; it really is due to the real UID being 0 and the
> effective UID not having access to root's files. I've traced back as
> far as svn_config_get_config() but I haven't worked my way back to
> discover the algorithm that tries to find the HOME on it's own.

This seems to be a very fragile design decision:

$ HOME=/dev/null svn --version
svn: Can't open config file '/dev/null/.subversion/servers'

It makes no sense to me to depend on an environment variable (which anyone can
monkey with), then die if that contains nonsense (or inaccessible files), when
the configuration in question can legitimately be initialized as NULL with no
harm. At the very minimum this should throw a warning; to have it error out is
just overkill.


John Peacock
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Received on Thu Dec 14 01:08:25 2006

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