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AuthzSVNAccessFile - do I misunderstand something?

From: Stuart Robertson <dogmatix_at_absolutesys.com>
Date: 2004-04-05 16:28:23 CEST

I'm having a little difficulty with access permissions, as specified in a
file declared via AuthzSVNAccessFile:


In /etc/httpd/conf.d/subversion.conf, I have the following entry inside the
<Location> section:


  AuthzSVNAccessFile /svnrepos/repositories/TestRepos/accessRules



I have the following directories in a test repository (stored in a
repository at /svnrepos/repositories/TestRepos):












I have set up appropriate access controls for my test repository inside
/svnrepos/repositories/TestRepos/accessRules, shown below:


  # =====================


  Repository_Administrators = svnadmin


  ProjectA_Team = userid1, userid2

  ProjectA_Owner = userid1


  # =====================


  # Repository administrators have write-access to the complete repository.

  @Repository_Administrators = rw


  # By default, everyone is allowed read access to the entire repository.

  * = r




  @ProjectA_Team = rw



  @ProjectA_Owner = rw



  @ProjectA_Team = rw



  @ProjectA_Team = rw



Now, I'm having a problem where the owner of Project A wants to create a new
branch (1.2) by copying /trunk/ProjectA to /branches/ProjectA/1.2. Copying
URLs within subdirectories (such as copying /trunk/ProjectA/SomeDir to
/trunk/ProjectA/SomeOtherDir) works fine, however the moment the project
owner tries to copy from /trunk/ProjectA (across the / directory) into
/branches/ProjectA/1.2), the copy fails the following entry appears in
apache's error_log (/var/log/httpd/error_log):


  Access denied: 'userid2' MERGE TestRepos:/


Either I've misunderstood something fundamental about how access controls
work, or something isn't working quite right.


If I want to permit someone to copy a folder from /trunk/ABC to
/branches/ABC/123, where /branches/ABC was previously created by the
repository administrator, I assumed that that user only required
write-access to /branches/ABC and read-access to /trunk/ABC (and NOT
write-access to /). Clearly this assumption is incorrect.


Does someone that wants to copy /trunk/A to /branches/A/1.0 require
write-access to both /branches/A and /, or only to /branches/A ?


Any help will be most appreciated.


For reference sake, my software configs are as follows:



 Redhat linux 9

 svn 1.0.1-1 (subversion-tools-1.0.1-1, subversion-server-1.0.1-1 and






 Windows XP SP1

  svn 1.0.0


Any help will be greatly appreciated.






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