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Re: New Server Installation, Access File, and Auto-Props

From: Res Pons <pons32_at_hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-12-05 18:41:41 CET

I figured #2 wasn't probably possible but worth asking anyway.

As for #3, I read the manual and wasn't sure whether I was doing this right
or not. I was wondering what the role of /etc/subversion/config was, I got
it to run by restarting Apache. And on my desktop created a new dummy file
to test whether the config rules applied or not, so when I ran svn propget
filename from my desktop, I didn't see any attached metadata. I kinda
guessed this was solely a user thing but wasn't sure and were confused.
Thanks for clearing it up.

We use Perl for all our pre/post commits; is there a perl equivalent file
for the python script you speak of? Otherwise, I'll see if I can dissect
the python script to write my own perl script.

Thank you.

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To: Res Pons <pons32@hotmail.com>
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Subject: Re: New Server Installation, Access File, and Auto-Props
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On Dec 1, 2005, at 23:17, Res Pons wrote:

>2. I got my access file in conf/ working restricting access and rights.
>Is it possible to block access per file rather per directory? There're
>couple of files in a directory which contians many subdirectories that
>only few authorized users should modify but all other users should have
>r/w access to the subdirectories beneath.

I don't know whether that is possible, sorry.

>3. I'm trying to turn on and enable the auto-props but I don't see
>/etc/subversion being created. Do I manually create this directory? Who
>should be the owner? Root or www? I copied "config, servers, and
>readme.txt" from Windows side to this newly created subdir and tweaked the
>config file and set enable-auto- prop=yes and created [auto-close] with
>file pattern entries underneath it like so *.txt=keyword=Id. Created a
>new text file, checked it in successfully but when I executed "svn
>proplist filename..." I did not see the new properties. Could someone
>please elaborate on this further. Does Subversion automatically and
>magically by default look for /etc/subversion and executes the files? I'm
>lost and this part is not working for me.

auto-props are a client-side thing, not a server-side thing. The clients
need to set up their config files with the auto-props they want. Any config
file in /etc/subversion is merely used as the default for clients running
on that same computer who don't have a custom config file in their own
Subversion directories. So unless your users are logging in to the
Subversion repository server with SSH (which you said they're not) then an
/etc/subversion directory on the repository server won't do anything for

What you should do is create a standard config file and distribute it to
your users. Then you should install a pre-commit hook on the server which
verifies committed files against that master config file, and rejects
commits that do not comply. I recently posted a link to a Python script
that someone had written for this purpose.

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