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Re: Username capitalization causes error message

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:54:05 -0500

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Typos? I blame the little green robot dude.
On Nov 21, 2012 10:33 AM, "John Gourlay" <gourlay_at_bauercontrols.com> wrote:
>
> I'm using the TortoiseSVN client at version 1.7.5 with a repository on a
> TeamForge subversion server at version 1.6.15. I'm using Windows 7, which
of
> course has case-insensitive usernames.
>
> My username in TeamForge is "gourlay" (all lower case). When I'm prompted
by
> TortoiseSVN for a username and password, and I enter my username as
"Gourlay"
> (capitalized) with the correct password, TortoiseSVN displays this error
> message:
>
> Server sent unexpected return value (500 Internal Server Error) in
response to
> PROPFIND request for '/svn/repos'
>
> I do not have a chance to enter a different user name or password.
>
> If I enter my username as "Gourlay" (capitalized) with an incorrect
password,
> TortoiseSVN prompts me to try again with a new username and password. I
get the
> same behavior if I enter a truly incorrect username, such as "guerrilla".
>
> The behavior when I enter an incorrect password is what I would expect.
On the
> other hand, the behavior when I enter a correct password seems like a
bug. It
> seems like TortoiseSVN at some level recognizes that "Gourlay" is a valid
user
> name, otherwise it would be treated the same way as "guerrilla". But,
later in
> the authentication process TortoiseSVN trips over the case difference and
> crashes.
>
> Is this a known bug that will be fixed sometime soon? This is confusing
and
> inconvenient for Windows users, who are accustomed to the idea that
usernames
> are case-insensitive.
>

It sounds like the server is sending a different response in each case.
You'd have to address this to the Subversion Users mailing list first, to
see if that's correct, then it's up to the developers of other clients
(like TSVN) to decide the right way to handle it.

A 500 error returned for failed authentication feels wrong, but it depends
on the nature of the failure.

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