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Re: Worst Error Message?

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:17:03 -0500

On 7/30/11 9:15 AM, Andy Canfield wrote:
> I just spent all day working on a bug. I could create a repository, and could do
> "svn checkout ..." but when I did "svn commit" I got this error message:
> svn: Commit failed (details follow):
> svn: Server sent unexpected return value (403 Forbidden)
> in response to MKACTIVITY request for
> '/svn/Mummy/!svn/act/991016fc-bbae-4269-a468-b8e3d9bce7b5'
> Late that night, it finally hit to me: I had read access to the repository, but
> not write access. My procedure for creating a repository did not grant write
> access to the creator.

Ummm, if it hurts, don't do it.

> That is close to the worst error message I have ever seen.

You haven't been doing complicated things with a computer long, I take it. There
are plenty of worse messages on the order of "can't happen'.

'403 forbidden' makes reasonable sense for a client-side message to someone who
shouldn't know internal details anyway. Is something better in the apache error
log where the sysadmin who set it up wrong should be looking?

   Les Mikesell
Received on 2011-07-30 19:17:39 CEST

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