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Environment for the www-data user during post-commit.

From: Teo Romera <teo_at_gsyc.escet.urjc.es>
Date: 2005-01-05 02:02:30 CET

Hi all:

We have a little problem with Subversion which is getting quite
annoying. Maybe anyone has suffered it before and can give us a hand.

The software that we are developing has a web interface that users use
to upload some documents to the system. This web interface commits the
uploaded documents to a Subversion repository. We have written a
post-commit python script from scratch that makes some processing from
the uploaded documents.

If we go to a shell and su to www-data, we can launch "manually" the
post-commit script and find that everything works as expected and the
processing from the documents is done. Everything works fine.

Here comes the problem. Once the post-commit script starts because a
commit has been done in the web interface, environment variables for the
www-data user do not hold the expected values. It looks like when Apache
launches post-commit www-data user does not have the shame values in its
environment variables.

For example, printing the value of PATH from our python script shows
something different from what www-data user has in his PATH variable
when you su to www-data in a shell.

We would like to know if there is a way to configure apache so that we
can tell exactly what values the environment variables will hold during

Our Subversion repository is installed in a Debian GNU/Linux Sarge 3.0
machine. Subversion version is 1.0.6..

Any suggestions?


Teo Romera <teo@gsyc.escet.urjc.es>
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