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Performance & Feature comparison of access control: SVNAuthz or hook-script

From: Reinhard Brandstädter <reinhard.brandstaedter_at_jku.at>
Date: 2006-10-25 16:56:40 CEST


For a long time I'm using and administrating subversion repositories with
access control handled by mod_dav_svn and SVNAuthzFile.
I'm aware that there's a lot of work for mod_dav_svn to do to check
Thus i was looking at a solution with hook scripts to maybe gain a performance
and feature boost.

Currently I'm looking at these points:

1.) SVNAuthz doesn't allow wildcards in repository paths (or even better
regular expressions).
It's not possible to specify:
@group =
to disable access in any tags "limited" directory

2.) SVNAuthz is the only possible solution to limit read access to specific

To overcome 1.) I could use a post commit script that checks the permissions
(svnperms.py is such an example) but this can't solve 2.) so I will have to
use SVNAuthz only, or a combination of both (which is a pain to administer
because there are two locations to configure access)

How much is the performance impact of authorization with mod_dav_svn?
Here I've got a repository with lot's of directories and deep paths, not so
many files. But i guess the directories are the problem as it's per-directory
access control.

Tanks for any ideas on this,

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