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From Andy Canfield <>
Subject Subversion user problem?
Date Fri, 22 Jul 2011 01:31:20 GMT
I ran into a problem with a web site I am developing under Drupal; a 
problem related to user. And I suspect that the same problem arises witn 

On my local copy of that site, sometimes the PHP code creates a 
directory and puts files into that directory.  The directory had 
standard permissions - readable by all but writable only by owner. But 
that directory is owned by www-data because apache/PHP created the 

But when I zip it up, upload it to the server in Hong Kong, and unzip 
it, all directories are owned by the user on the server who unzipped the 
directory. The permissions were preserved; still readable by all but 
writable only by the owner. But the owner was no longer the Apache user, 
it was the user who unzipped the directory. I had to invent two shell 
scripts; one to run on my computer finding all the directories owned by 
Apache on my machine, and the second run on the server making all those 
directories writable by all.

I suspect that if I were using Subversion I would still have that 
problem. I do not remember seeing anything in the manual about 
preserving directory and file attributes, such as readable by all and 
writable by all. I do not remember seeing anything in the manual about 
directory owners. I saw no warning, I saw no assurance.

But, then again, I haven't finished the second manual yet. Maybe that's 
covered farther back in the book.

So does Subversion preserve directory attributes?

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