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From Andy Canfield <>
Subject Re: Subversion: list of respositories
Date Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:34:49 GMT

On 07/18/2011 06:27 PM, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 7:10 AM, Erik Huelsmann<>  wrote:
>>> I would think that it looks at SVNParentPath and tries to treat every
>>>> subdirectory of that as a repository.
>>> Not quite. It's not "every subdirectory", it's "every child
>>> directory". Â That means it will not descend into subdirectories of
>>> subdirectories, fir example, so they all need to be right there in
>>> /var/svn. Also, while symlinks to other locations may be acceptable to
>>> the mod_dav_svn module, the repositories need to be accessible to the
>>> "apache" user. This can get adventuresome if you're running svnserve
>>> or svn+ssh access without a devault svn+ssh user, used in parallel to
>>> Apache.
>> While links are acceptable to mod_dav_svn, they won't appear in the
>> repository listing. Note that you need the SVNListParent On statement in
>> your Apache config to get a listing of the repositories.
>> In 1.7 I've committed a small change to list symlinks to directories which
>> will be part of 1.7.
>> Bye,
>> Erik.
> Cool, but be careful with those. If you have SELinux enabled and the
> repositories are elsewhere, for example on a separate disk for bulky
> repositories, you may need to review your SELinux settings to enable
> httpd access to the separate location.
> And oh, dear lord, if someone starts putting symlinks in the
> reponame/conf/ or reponame/hooks/, can you have adventures. (See
> which was only recently fixed and the fix isn't in most public
> Subversion releases.)

If it's a hard link, editing the file will break the replication. If 
it's a symbolic link, a hotcopy will drop it. If the symbolic link were 
copied as a symlink, I need to link it to "../../conf/*" instead of 
"/Subversion/conf/*" so that my copied symbolic links point into the 
backup, not into the original.

So I have changed my create.php to relative, not abosolute, symlinks, 
and edited my script to 'cp -p -d' the symlinks from the 
master to the backup.

Thanks for the heads-up.

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