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Q: Is this a svn+fink or svn-config problem?

From: Hamilton Link <helink_at_sandia.gov>
Date: 2006-09-28 22:13:29 CEST

I would really appreciate some pointers on how to get this working
and/or better debug this persistent "format" file permission error. I
saw people with these problems on the list in the past but did not see a
resolution. I assume the error is user-induced but I'm unsure what I've
overlooked.
    Without starting from absolute scratch sans fink I don't see how I
might proceed. Here's all the information I could think might be
relevant, it's kind of a blob but I'd appreciate any thoughts.

In the interests of dealing with an up-to-date svn version, I deleted
all of fink, reinstalled it, configured the unstable trees, and
installed the latest svn, svn-client, and libapache2-mod-svn.

Much verbosity and about 43 compiled packages later (choosing mpm-worker
and db43-aes), and a little apache default configuration tweaking, I
have a working apache2 installation serving up some dummy pages, docs,
icons, etc from localhost:80.

I have svn and svnadmin version 1.4:

shamino:/sw/etc/apache2 helink$ svn --version
svn, version 1.4.0 (r21228)
   compiled Sep 28 2006, 11:55:24
shamino:/sw/etc/apache2 helink$ svnadmin --version
svnadmin, version 1.4.0 (r21228)
   compiled Sep 28 2006, 11:55:24

Apache is running as apache2 in the group apache2, after starting as
root (from ps -aux):
root 333 0.0 0.2 37364 1800 ?? Ss 1:21PM 0:00.05
/sw/sbin/apache2 -k start
apache2 384 0.0 0.2 50940 2088 ?? S 1:45PM 0:00.01
/sw/sbin/apache2 -k start
apache2 385 0.0 0.1 50480 1332 ?? S 1:45PM 0:00.09
/sw/sbin/apache2 -k start

My testrepo and everything in it is owned by apache2:apache2,
particularly the format file (which contains only "5"):
drwxr-xr-x 9 apache2 apache2 306 Sep 28 13:39 testrepo (the repo dir)
-r--r--r-- 1 apache2 apache2 2 Sep 28 13:39 format (within testrepo)

Here's my repo config in apache, very very basic:
<Location /svn>
        DAV svn
        SVNPath /usr/local/svn/testrepo
</Location>

And here's the error I'm still getting and its record in the log:

<D:error>
<C:error/>
<m:human-readable errcode="13">
Could not open the requested SVN filesystem
</m:human-readable>
</D:error>

[Thu Sep 28 13:46:12 2006] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] (20014)Error
string not specified yet: Can't open file
'/usr/local/svn/testrepo/format': Permission denied
[Thu Sep 28 13:46:12 2006] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] Could not fetch
resource information. [500, #0]
[Thu Sep 28 13:46:12 2006] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] Could not open the
requested SVN filesystem [500, #13]
[Thu Sep 28 13:46:12 2006] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] Could not open the
requested SVN filesystem [500, #13]

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