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Re: User File Access from Mysql DB...

From: Joerg Hessdoerfer <Joerg.Hessdoerfer_at_sea-gmbh.com>
Date: 2006-06-19 19:13:15 CEST


On Monday 19 June 2006 15:25, bruce wrote:
> hi...
> i'm considering Subversion as a reopistory, but i need the ability to
> implement the SVN system in a workflow kind of application. this requires
> that as a file goes from one part of the process to another, the user
> assigned to that part of the process will have access to only the files in
> that part of the process...
> i also need to accommodate the fact that users can/might be switched to
> different parts of the process.
> i've considered keeping all this information in a mysql db, and then
> somehow writing out the subversion user access file whenever a change is
> made to the overall access system... this seems to be a good chunk of
> development, and i'm not sure if it's the right thing to do..
> i've also considered the possibility of having to rewrite subversion to
> have it get the user file access rights information from a database.. but
> i'm not sure if this is the best approach...
> any thoughts/ideas/comments from people who are really familiar with
> subversion? has anyone else run into this kind of need...
> the issue basically boils down to how you can use subversion in a system
> where the users and files are dynamically changing...

well, the first thought that came to mind is a small database holding the
user/file access rights, and a small (web-based?) app to manage those. If SVN
is served by apache (or newer svnserve, 1.3.X if memory serves?), you can
then create per-URL access files to be directly used by SVN (see
I use a scenario like this with apache, and it works fine. I also use
PostgreSQL as database, and write the ACL file with python using a
post-update/insert/delete database trigger.

Then there is no need to interface the auth mechanism to anything else.


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