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RE: Permission denied error with mod_dav_svn

From: Edelson, Justin <Justin.Edelson_at_mtvn.com>
Date: 2006-07-27 16:41:48 CEST

I can't speak to what's provided by Fedora, but if you're going to be
compiling subversion, it's critical that it be compiled against the same
version of APR as Apache. Failure to do so resulted, for me at least,
with all sorts of non-intuitive error messages, including (I believe)
permission denied.
Ultimately, the easiest course of action for me was to compile/install
apr, apr-util, apache, and then subversion, ensuring that the
appropriate flags were passed to each configure script with the
appropriate installation path from the prior step.
I'm sure some of this could have been avoided.


From: Tim Berglund [mailto:tlberglund@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:30 AM
To: Edelson, Justin
Cc: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Re: Permission denied error with mod_dav_svn


Initially I didn't compile either one; they were just what I got from
the Fedora install and later updated by yum. Last night I did compile
and install Subversion, but "make install" didn't appear to provide new
copies of mod_dav_svn.so anywhere. In any case, the behavior was the
same before and after.


On 7/27/06, Edelson, Justin <Justin.Edelson@mtvn.com> wrote:

        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
           <m:human-readable errcode="13">Could not open the requested
SVN filesystem</m:human-readable>
        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 16:43:27 2006

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