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Defect restricting access in authz.txt?

From: <david.x.grierson_at_jpmorgan.com>
Date: 2007-08-30 11:43:18 CEST

We have the following config in our authz.txt file (names/paths obviously



If the top level /trunk directory is checked out then all of the objects
*other* than src are checked out. If /trunk/src is specifically checked
out then an error is received giving a PROPFIND failed. This applies to
*all* users - including those in the @priv_users group.

On the other-hand if a web-browser is opened at /trunk/src then this is
visible to users who are members of priv_user. This means that essentially
read-only access has been granted to the browser as opposed to read/write
- in which case why can't I checkout the objects?

I would have thought that either:

a) The "*=" should over-ride the more specific access control of
"@priv_users=rw" in which case no access should be available to any users.


b) The "@priv_users=rw" is more specific to a particular user therefore it
should override the generic "*=" statement.

The inconsistency between browser access and svn client access suggests
that this is a defect.

Can anyone suggest a reasonable workaround to restrict any access to a
sub-directory to specific group of users and denying access to all others?



David Grierson
JPMorgan - IB Architecture - Source Code Management Consultant
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