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Overzealous asterisk in AuthzSVNAccessFile

From: Jeff Mitchell <jeffrey.mitchell_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:16:25 -0400

I'm running into a problem trying to give permissions to everyone to
read-write the entire repository except for a single directory that I
want to only have specific users able to access (read or write).

My configuration file looks like this:

allowed = tom dick harry

* = rw

@allowed = rw
* =

However, that keeps everyone, including people in the allowed group,
from being able to access that path. If I remove the "* =" then
everyone can access the path. I would think that the more specific
group permissions would override the * but that doesn't seem to be the

The allowed list is fairly static; the rest of our user database is
quite dynamic. Unfortunately, given my experience so far, the only
way I can think of how to work around this is to put all the other
usernames (over a hundred) in a second group, and keep that updated
separately from the rest of our authentication system. Not a great

Am I totally missing something here, or is the asterisk being overzealous?


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