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Re: meaningful error messages in http

From: Nick Stokes <randomaccessiterator_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:18:49 -0500

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 1:11 PM, Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 11:59, Nick Stokes
> <randomaccessiterator_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am serving our repositories over https, using Apache 2.2, via
> mod_dav_svn,
> > also using mod_authz_svn for per directory access control. Most users
> find
> > the error messages cryptic (when there is a permission related error on
> > checkout, commit, so on...) and I am wondering if there is a way to
> > customize these messages?
> >
> > For example, current (default?) set up spits out the following:
> >
> > If checkout fails due to insufficient permissions:
> > svn: Server sent unexpected return value (403 Forbidden) in response to
> > OPTIONS request for 'https://my.cool.server/foo/trunk'
> >
> > If checkout fails due to spelling error in repository name:
> > svn: Server sent unexpected return value (403 Forbidden) in response to
> > OPTIONS request for 'https://my.cool.server/f00/trunk'
> I don't think Subversion can tell the difference here. If my AuthZ
> file specifies that I have access to /f00/trunk/ and I ask for
> /foo/trunk/, all that's really known is that I asked for a path which
> I do not have permission to access. Do you propose that the server
> scan for all possible "similar" repositories/paths in an attempt to
> find a match?
No. I did not propose that. The question was simple: Is there way to
customize error messages from httpd server (akin to customizing logs in
apache as in http://tinyurl.com/svn-apache-logs)? When users see "Server
sent unexpected return value..." they assume there is something wrong with
the server itself, despite the keyword "Forbidden" that follows. Besides,
there is the redundant/misleading/irrelevant-for-client stuff there
(OPTIONS, MKACTIVITY, respos ID). e.g. svnserve error messages are much
Received on 2010-12-07 21:19:26 CET

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