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Re: How to serve a repository from a filesystem with no access right support?

From: John Peacock <john.peacock_at_havurah-software.org>
Date: 2007-11-27 12:32:56 CET

Todor Boev wrote:
> This is not surprising since ntfs has no access rights and I always get
> similar errors when I try to do a chmod or a chown on some item from
> ntfs. So what can I do to make this work? Can I configure svn to not
> chmod/chown anything in the repository and just accept the access rights
> that are already in place?

What you can do is move the repository over to a real *nix filesystem. NTFS is
not the best designed filesystem in existence (it scales badly with the number
of files in a directory) and the NTFS compatibility drivers in Linux are not
what anyone would consider particularly robust or complete.

There is no reason to have the repository on an NTFS drive if you are running
the server under Linux. If you were doing this so that Windows clients could
access it via file:// protocol, you are just fooling yourself. It is much more
efficient to put the repository on a dedicated Linux server and use http://
access. It is even possible to use NTFS security to manage the authentication
(say, with mod_ldap).

My two cents...


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