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[TSVN] svn+ssh says "Berkley DB error while opening environment..." unless I SSH as root

From: aaron barrus <as_barrus_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-09-21 01:10:43 CEST

Hi Svn folks,

I have plain-text unencrypted wireless LAN users who are committing code to my SVN repository, so
we figured it prudent to use SVN+SSH for greater security.

Telling SVN to authenticate to my SVN server as root, I am able to

svn list svn+ssh://path_to_repository...
root@domain's password; **********


But if I login as any other user, I get the following:
svn list svn+ssh://path_to_repository...
user@domain's password *********
svn: Berkeley DB error while opening environment for filesystem /path_to_repository/db:
Permission denied

This made me think that I need to grant filesystem access to the repository to the user who wants
to access it through SSH. So I added the user to the svn group, and did a chmod g+w to the /db/*
files to allow svn group access to them (instead of just the SVN user).

Oh, that must have been a fatal error - now even when I try as root using plaintext (back to
normal), I see:

[root_at_server db]# svn list svn://path_to_repository
svn: Berkeley DB error while opening environment for filesystem path_to_repository/db:
DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery

What have I done?! I'm afraid to continue playing with this on my own - and I plea for your
guidance. How should I recover my database, and ultimately if possible, how shall I allow access
over SSH?

Any help is appreciated!


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