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From Andy Canfield <>
Subject Access to the SVNParentPath
Date Fri, 29 Jul 2011 06:12:51 GMT
That's a wonderful thing about computers. Every time I come up with 
something that is impossible, I figure out a way to do it.

My current test repository server is named "athol". But I can not look 
at "http://athol/svn"; nobody is allowed to see that.

But, as of now, if I point my browser to "http://athol/Subversion", I 
see this:

      Subversion on Athol


    sample3 <http://athol/svn/sample3>
    subdoc <http://athol/svn/subdoc>

How? Well, the file /Subversion/GSite/index.php is how:
         $TITLE = "Subversion on Athol";
         echo "<html>\n";
         echo "<head>\n";
         echo "<title>$TITLE</title>\n";
         echo "</head>\n";
         echo "<body>\n";
         echo "<h1>$TITLE</h1>\n";
         echo "<h2>Repositories</h2>\n";
         $SVNParentPath = "/Subversion";
         $RepoList = scandir( $SVNParentPath );
         foreach ( $RepoList as $RepoName )
             $TestRepo = $SVNParentPath . "/" . $RepoName . "/hooks" ;
             if ( file_exists( $TestRepo ) )
                 echo "<a href='http://athol/svn/"
                     . $RepoName
                     . "'>"
                     . $RepoName
                     , "</a><br />\n";
         closedir( $DIR );
         echo "</body>\n";
         echo "</html>\n";

It is, of course, trivlal to use .htpassed to restrict access to this 
web page to people who are supposed to be there, and even if someone can 
bypass that restriction they only get a list of repositories; The 
standard Subversion authz mechanism takes care of access to the 
individual repositories.

It is also possible to extend this page with a form you can use to 
create a new repository. The form would call up a php page that uses the 
system() command to call svnadmin. Ahah! If we move /usr/sbin/svnadmin 
into a directory which is only readable by Apache, that makes it 
difficult for anyone to use svnadmin at all except through this page. 
It's nasty; I love it.

It's compatable; all the standard commands of the form "svn ... 
http://athol/svn/RepoName" still work as before. That's because access 
to the individual repositories is still handled by Subversion.

Maybe one of those wonderful packages like WebSVN could have done that 
for me, but I haven't got any of them to work yet. This took me an hour 
to get up and running and I can make it do whatever I like.

I am happy! I think I've got it!

Of course, this depends on HTTP or HTTPS access to the production 
server, which we're still working on. But it feels good. In the meantime 
we can live with svn+ssh.

Thank you all very much.

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