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Strange svnsync failure "svnsync: REPORT request failed"

From: Jonathan Ashley <jonathan.ashley_at_praxis-his.com>
Date: 2007-05-11 17:20:51 CEST


I have just spent a day solving this problem - was on the verge of
making a detailed post to this list asking for help when the answer
dawned. But since Google turned up nothing useful for me, I thought I'd
post the answer anyway, so that anyone else who gets a similar problem
might find the solution.

I was trying to use svnsync to mirror a repository between two Apache
servers, from 'main' to 'standby'. Each was running under an account
'svnowner'. I was also running the svnsync process under that account.
Naturally, that account had full read and write access to the repository

I could initialise the empty repository fine, by running "svnsync init
http://standby-server/svn/repo http://main-server/svn/repo" on the main
server. But when I ran "svnsync sync http://standby-server/svn/repo", I
got the result:

svnsync: REPORT request failed on 'http://main-server/svn/repo'
svnsync: REPORT of 'http://main-server/svn/repo': 200 OK
Confusing error message, especially the "200 OK" success code. Anyway,
the stupid thing that I had forgotten was to give 'svnowner' full write
access to the destination repository *as* *a* *user* (access was being
controlled using an AuthzSVNAccessFile). In fact, I don't think it had
any write access at all. I'd remembered to give it read access to the
source repository.
I think what really slowed me down is that the error message makes it
look as though the problem is with the *source* repository.
Jon Ashley
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