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Poor error message on lack of commit authorization

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 11:45:50 +0000

I got the error message seen below when I tried to commit to the new SVN
Book repository before becoming a "member" of the project.

$ svn co https://svnbook.googlecode.com/svn/trunk wc

$ cd wc

$ # edit a file

$ svn st -u -q
M 3407 src/en/book/ch05-repository-admin.xml
Status against revision: 3407

Performing status on external item at 'src/ru/nb-bin'
Status against revision: 2339

$ svn ci -F ff
/home/julianfoad/src/subversion-trunk/subversion/libsvn_client/commit.c:867: (apr_err=175002)
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
/home/julianfoad/src/subversion-trunk/subversion/libsvn_ra_neon/util.c:563: (apr_err=175002)
svn: Server sent unexpected return value (403 Forbidden) in response to
MKACTIVITY request for '/svn/!

Is that the normal way in which we report "Not authorized", or some
mis-configuration of the Google Code server? If the former, can we
change it to a more friendly and relevant message?

(My Subversion client was a recent trunk build of "svn", r35590:35595. I
had authenticated at checkout time and had allowed Subversion to store
my authentication details locally.)

- Julian

Received on 2009-02-02 12:46:27 CET

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