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[Possible Bug Report: AuthZ + svn move + svn log = 403]

From: Matthew Slowe <m.slowe_at_kent.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:59:02 +0000

My apologies for punting this on from users@ to dev@ but I have received
nothing and think it's broken in some way. If it isn't broken and this
is by design then I can find nothing to say that in any documentation.

PS I'm not on this list so please CC me in any replies you think I might
be interested in.

Many thanks in advance,

----- Forwarded message from Matthew Slowe <m.slowe_at_kent.ac.uk> -----

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:36:08 +0000
From: Matthew Slowe <m.slowe_at_kent.ac.uk>
To: users_at_subversion.tigris.org
Subject: AuthZ + svn move + svn log = 403

Morning all,

I've had a quick scan of the docs and the mailing list archives and
can't find any reference to this problem so I thought I'd give you lot a

Sorry this is a little convoluted but any ideas would be appreciated...

=== Backstory ===

We had some *old* sccs repos to drag up-to-date so each one was
converted using sccs2svn.py and then loaded into an existing repository.

This was done one at a time so that the files from each sccs repo could
be moved appropriately within the new svn repo:

$ sccs2svn ... in=olddir1 out=dir.svn
$ svnadmin dump dir.svn | svnadmin load existing.svn
-> checkout existing.svn
$ svn mkdir new/tree/olddir1
$ svn move <new files> new/tree/olddir1

... then proceed on to next olddir. This all worked ok and the logs etc
were loaded in (which is really what I was after -- preservation of

The new svn repo is under the control of an AuthzSVNAccessFile which
looks like this:

@users = rw

@otherusers = rw

=== Problem ===

Members of @users have no problem accessing anything.

Members of @otherusers have no problem accessing olddir1 as far as
checkouts, commites etc are concerned but have problems access logs
which go back to before the files containted therein were moved -- it
looks like svn log is traversing back up the tree to / where it hits a
403. Is this expected behaviour? If not, is it a bug?


$ svn info
Path: .
URL: https://xxx/svn/config/aphrodite/nadmin
Repository Root: https://xxx/svn/config
Repository UUID: a4215e26-b911-c670-e346-d994ef297a65
Revision: 558
Node Kind: directory
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: ms1
Last Changed Rev: 558
Last Changed Date: 2008-02-04 15:53:11 +0000 (Mon, 04 Feb 2008)

As a member of @users:
$ svn log -r 399 hostinfo
r399 | root | 2007-01-19 12:20:31 +0000 (Fri, 19 Jan 2007) | 3 lines

remove croft_politics and croft_psychology


As a member of @otherusers:
$ svn log -r 399 hostinfo
svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/svn/config/hostinfo'
svn: PROPFIND of '/svn/config/hostinfo': 403 Forbidden (https://xxx.kent.ac.uk)


----- End forwarded message -----

Matthew Slowe <m.slowe_at_kent.ac.uk>     | Tel: +44 (0)1227 824265
Development Team, Information Services | Fax: +44 (0)1227 824078
University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent   | Web: http://www.kent.ac.uk/

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