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group permissions, segfaults

From: Jason Thaxter <thaxter_at_gomoos.org>
Date: 2004-03-19 19:28:04 CET


I've gotten a couple segfaults recently with 1.0.0, followed by the need to
svnadmin recover, and I think I've traced the cause to file permissions in the

I have a group-accessible repository accessed both locally AND through Apache.
It seems that after a commit (via file:// or http://), the next operation by a
different user (whether the Apache user OR a local user) segfaults. Next,
messages come up demaning svnadmin recover. Each time this has happened, I've
found db/log.* files that were not group-writable. Fixing the permissions (as
root) and running svnadmin recover seemed to solve the problem. Fixing umasks
seemed to have prevented it from recurring.

This looks fairly close to this issue:

The most obvious explanation is that a database operation starts and dies when
it's unable to open a certain file in the repository, causing the need for

This is on FreeBSD 4.8 and 5.2, hand compiled and from the port.

Hardly a showstopper, but at least instead of crashing, a helpful message
about permissions seems in order.

Jason Thaxter
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