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subversion modifies file permissions

From: Hadmut Danisch <hadmut_at_danisch.de>
Date: 2006-08-15 10:22:05 CEST


I tried to keep some confidential data in configuration files (secret
keys, passwords and things like that) kept in a SVN repository, but
found that svn modifies the file permissions when updating:

% dir
total 8
-rw------- 1 danisch users 29 2006-08-15 10:12 x1
-rwx------ 1 danisch users 29 2006-08-15 10:12 x2*

% svn update
U x1
U x2
Updated to revision 2.

% dir
total 8
-rw-r----- 1 danisch users 58 2006-08-15 10:12 x1
-rwxr-x--- 1 danisch users 58 2006-08-15 10:12 x2*

Which is a pretty bad behavior. SVN should never change the permission
of existing files. It should either leave them as they are (problem:
what happens if a file is marked executable in the repository?) or
allow to specify permissions as properties.

And if the file is unreadable, the copy in .svn should be as well.

I guess similar problems exist with ACLs and Windows permisssions.


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