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403 Forbidden in response to COPY request

From: Anton Prowse <AProwse_at_TravelCLICK.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:39:46 -0500

Several users are configured to use our Subversion system via HTTPS and Basic authentication.

Repos URL:

Apache config "vhost_ssl.conf":

<Location /repos>
    DAV svn
    SVNParentPath /var/www/svn

    AuthzSVNAccessFile /var/www/vhosts/example.com/conf/reposAccessFile

    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "Traffic Subversion Repository"
    AuthUserFile /var/www/vhosts/example.com/conf/svnuserpw
    require valid-user


* = rw

user2 =

user2 =

user2 =

user2 =

* = rw

svnuserpw file:

When I authenticate as user1 I can execute all commands without problem. However, when I authenticate as user2 I receive the following error when trying to create a branch from the trunk of "repos1":

Using TortoiseSVN from my local machine:
> Copy C:\www\repos1 to https://www.example.com/repos/repos1/branches/test, Revision 999
Server sent unexpected return value (403 Forbidden) in response to COPY request
for '/repos/repos1/!svn/bc/999/trunk'

Using the command line from my local machine:
> svn copy --username user2 https://www.example.com/repos/repos1/trunk https://www.example.com/repos/repos1/branches/test -r 999 -m ""
> svn: COPY of branches/test4: 403 Forbidden (https://www.online-toolbox.com)

It works if I do it on the command line of the same server where the repos is actually stored, and I'm logged in as root:
> svn copy --username user2 file:///var/www/svn/repos1/trunk file:///var/www/svn/repos1/branches/test -r 999 -m "" --no-auth-cache
> Committed revision 2000.

....but fails if I'm logged in on that same server as another user:
> svn copy --username user2 file:///var/www/svn/repos1/trunk file:///var/www/svn/repos1/branches/test -r 999 -m "" --no-auth-cache
> svn: Can't create directory '/var/www/svn/repos1/db/transactions/1999-1.txn': Permission denied
but this is presumably because only the "apache" operating system user has write access to the /var/www/svn folder:

drwxr-xr-x 123 apache apache 4096 Jan 1 2010 .
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4096 Jan 1 2010 ..
drwxr-xr-x 12 apache apache 4096 Jan 1 2010 repos1
drwxr-xr-x 12 apache apache 4096 Jan 1 2010 specialrepos

I can't see what makes user2 different from user1 other than the configuration in reposAccessFile which only concerns an unrelated repository ("specialrepos") and a single file which exists in all repositories ("/trunk/specialfile").

I'm using:
TortoiseSVN 1.6.5, Build 16974 - 32 Bit , 2009/08/20 08:13:46
Subversion 1.6.5,
apr 1.3.8
apr-utils 1.3.9
neon 0.28.6
OpenSSL 0.9.8k 25 Mar 2009
zlib 1.2.3

Any advice will be much appreciated!

Anton Prowse

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