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From Stefan Sperling <>
Subject Re: Bug report: The auto-props setting of svn:mime-type is impossible to avoid.
Date Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:33:07 GMT
On Fri, Oct 02, 2015 at 10:06:26AM +0200, Edward d'Auvergne wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was wondering if this should be considered a bug.  At the FlightGear
> project we have a 6 GB data svn repository for aircraft (
> ,
> ).  A large
> quantity of the files, almost 30,000 in number, are XML text files.
> The problem is that modern Subversion clients appear to all be using
> libmagic to determine the file type, to then set the svn:mime-type
> property.  However this is rather problematic:
> $ file -ib Aircraft/747-400/747-400-set.xml
> application/xml; charset=us-ascii
> Libmagic detects all these XML files as "application/xml".  Hence they
> are treated as binary files!  There are many other text files with
> extensions such as *.ac, *.nas, etc. present in the repository that in
> the future might be detected by libmagic as "application/xyz".
> We have looked at disabling [auto-props] both as the user in
> ~/.subversion/config and as root in /etc/subversion/config by setting:
> enable-auto-props = no
> And by commenting out the entirety of the [auto-props] section.
> However this does not prevent svn:mime-type from being set on all
> files.
> As this bad behaviour can be so incredibly damaging for this
> repository, I have written pre-commit repository hook script to
> specifically to block any file that enters the data repository that
> has svn:mime-type set (
> ).  I also block svn:executable in another script.  Below I'll give a
> worked example that anyone can use and replicate this problem with.
> The problem is that Subversion clients setting svn:mime-type
> automatically, even when told not to, and the hook script catching
> this causes a lot of developer confusion and prevents the use of 'svn
> import'.
> I was wondering if there was anything that has been missed here?  Is
> this a real bug?  The svn:mime-type property is not needed and is not
> desired for any file in this repository.  Any help would be
> appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Edward

Hi Edward,

the pre-commit hook script you wrote blocks commits using an
undesired client configuration, so that's a good first step.

For the second step, there are several ways of tweaking the client-side
behaviour. I hope at least one of these alternatives will help you.

 - compile SVN without libmagic support

 - write you own magic file and use the MAGIC environment variable
   to point svn at it, setting the desired mime-type for XML files

 - configure autoprops for *.xml in ~/.subversion/config to set
   the svn:mime-type property to 'text/plain'.
   Autoprops always override automatic detection with libmagic.

 - set 'enable-magic-file = no' in ~/.subversion/config
   This option exists only as of Subversion 1.9, I believe.
   Consider the following trick to view a default configuration in the
   file /tmp/svncfg/config, which lists all available options in your
   current version of svn, with comments explaining their purpose:
     svn help --config-dir /tmp/svncfg
     less /tmp/svncfg/config

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