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RE: Permission denied error with mod_dav_svn

From: Edelson, Justin <Justin.Edelson_at_mtvn.com>
Date: 2006-07-27 16:12:28 CEST

Did you compile Apache and/or Subversion yourself?


From: Tim Berglund [mailto:tlberglund@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:10 AM
To: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Permission denied error with mod_dav_svn

I'm running Apache 2.2.2 and Subversion 1.3.2 on Fedora Core 5. I am
attempting to use mod_dav_svn to access a Subversion repository, but I'm
getting permission deined errors that don't seem to make sense.

The relevant part of httpd.conf:
<Location /svn/web>
   DAV svn
   SVNPath /var/svn/web

The relevant part of Apache's error log:
[Thu Jul 27 07:22:03 2006] [error] [client]
(20014)Internal error: Can't open file '/var/svn/web/format': Permission
[Thu Jul 27 07:22:03 2006] [error] [client] Could not
fetch resource information. [500, #0]
[Thu Jul 27 07:22:03 2006] [error] [client] Could not open
the requested SVN filesystem [500, #13]
[Thu Jul 27 07:22:03 2006] [error] [client] Could not open
the requested SVN filesystem [500, #13]

What I see in the browser window when I hit http://server/svn/web:
   <m:human-readable errcode="13">Could not open the requested SVN

All of the SVN repository files are owned by apache:apache, which is
consistent with the values of the User and Group directives in
httpd.conf (Apache is running as the user "apache"). Just to take the
really big hammer to the problem, I made gave /var/svn/web/format
permissions of 666, and gave /var, /var/svn/ and /var/svn/web
permissions of 777. No dice. I'm thinking the problem isn't really a
matter of permissions.

I saw a similar error reported at
http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2004-12/0345.shtml, but there didn't
seem to be a solution posted there.
Any ideas? I know I've got a lot of details posted here; sorry for the
big dump. I'm most grateful for any suggestions you can provide.

Tim Berglund
Received on Thu Jul 27 16:14:07 2006

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