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[Issue 2972] - Error processing command 'set-timestamp'

From: Miller, Eric <Eric.Miller_at_amd.com>
Date: 2007-10-16 21:47:11 CEST

I am sending this on to the dev list, and filing a bug as well.

After about 3 days of hacking on this (I'm stubborn) I finally came up
with a repeatable testcase.

I am seeing a situation where svn switch is erroring out with "unable to
set access time" in a multi-user working copy. The use-commit-times
option is set in the config.

  create trunk/file
  svn add
  svn propset needs-lock
  svn commit
  make edit
  switch to trunk
  make same edit

  svn sw common working copy to branch
  *die* (see below for err message)

I think what happens is that the contents of a file don't change, but
the commit times are different. Since there is no diff the re-ownership
is skipped but the set atime fires on files that are read-only, owned by

Clearly re-ownership needs to happen for both file update and atime
update as well.

I've attached a script that can demonstrate the issue. Just make
./config dir and copy in the config attached and run "test <user>" with
a different username that has write permissions.


Original email:

Could someone shed a little light on what might be happening here:

% svn cleanup path
svn: In directory 'path'
svn: Error processing command 'set-timestamp' in 'path'
svn: Can't set access time of 'path/file': Operation not permitted

This is a shared working copy (I know... I know...) but this is the
first time I've run into this issue. Permissions, gids, etc. look ok.

I first saw it when trying to do a switch command:
% svn switch -r HEAD svn+ssh://machine/tag_path/path path

  Problem running log: In directory 'path': Error processing command
'set-timestamp' in 'path': Can't set access time of 'path/file':
Operation not permitted

path/file does have needs-lock and is currently unlocked (read-only).

Any ideas?

Erik Huelsmann wrote:
"Does your filesystem support setting the atime attribute by the user
your svn client is running? Because that's what the client is
complaining about."

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