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Re: mod_authz_svn inheritance broken?

From: David Anderson <david.anderson_at_calixo.net>
Date: 2005-12-01 18:02:39 CET

Kevin P. Fleming wrote:
> OK, that was my misunderstanding then... I had somehow interpreted the
> book to be saying that '*' was only for unknown (anonymous) users, when
> in fact it does mean all users, including anonymous ones.

To be perfectly precise, * means "Any user (including anonymous) that isn't
mentionned in that same rule". So in your example, * in the second rule (the
private area) means "anyone except kpfleming".

Also note that at present, user definitions don't supersede group definitions.
So you couldn't define:

mygroup = sillyuser,anotheruser

@mygroup = rw
sillyuser = r

Logically, the rule for sillyuser would override the group access, even if the
user is a part of the group. Currently though, a group is given the same
priority as a user definition, so the user is granted the widest possible access
(here, 'rw'). I do hope to correct this someday, to make the ACLs that more

- Dave.

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