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Re: File level ACL

From: Travis P <svn_at_castle.fastmail.fm>
Date: 2004-03-26 15:43:52 CET

On Mar 26, 2004, at 7:49 AM, Pierre Belzile wrote:

> It's ironic that CVS does this. (Using proper permissions on the
> files.) I can't move to subversion until something equivalent
> (hopefully better!) exists.

Proper for your particular standard Unix environment I'm guessing. As
I understand it, Subversion uses APR for all filesystem access for
great portability. Not all filesystems share the same permission model
(Window's filesystems?), including some Unix systems. e.g. AFS has
per-directory ACLs only (there is a trick with symlinks so that AFS
permissions can appear to be file-based; come to think of it, the same
trick might well work for Subversion if Subversion handled symlinks; I
wish it did; creating a workaround using properties and a
client-wrapping script is something I'm going to have to do I think but
there are some inefficiencies that may be hard to get around; please
excuse this really long parenthetical...). I myself am a fan of
per-directory privileges because it's so much easier to use and manage
and avoid mistakes. I've also used IBM's DFS file system for years
which is a very full-featured combination of per-directory/per-file
ACLs plus it honors standard Unix permission bits. It's a real
nightmare to use in practice.

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