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From Stefan Sperling <>
Subject Re: Bug report: The auto-props setting of svn:mime-type is impossible to avoid.
Date Sun, 04 Oct 2015 20:01:01 GMT
On Sun, Oct 04, 2015 at 09:16:04PM +0200, Branko ─îibej wrote:
> On the other hand, I am surprised that the logic that uses libmagic
> isn't turned off with 'enable-auto-props=no'. After all, using libmagic
> is just a convenient extension to the definitions in the [auto-props]
> section.

Recall that the idea was to make setting svn:mime-type convenient.

Before we added this feature, people had to fiddle with their client
config, know what MIME-types are about, what useful values to set
them to, and keep their config consistent across all systems they
used since libmagic support pre-dates the svn:autoprops feature.
In a sane universe, almost nobody would ever bother setting it up that way.

I am not opposed to the idea, though. But not because of the fairly
minor configurability issues raised in this thread. Rather, because
the more I learn about how libmagic actually works, the more potentially
dangerous, from the security point of view, it seems to be.
The libmagic parser could potentially cause security problems whenever
poeple are adding untrusted files to SVN. Which is a good reason to make
this feature opt-in.

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