[kforge-user] svnadmin: Can't open file '/root/.subversion/servers'

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Feb 12 14:59:31 UTC 2007

>      > Do you know why svnadmin tries to grab settings from /root ? I
>     run the
>      > httpd as user apache. I've verified all permissions and the folder
>     As you say it seems to be trying to grab settings from root. Can you
>     try
>     running svnadmin as your httpd user (e.g. something like sudo -u httpd
>     svnadmin ...) and see what happens.
> Yes, I get the same error: svnadmin: Can't open file 
> '/root/.subversion/servers': Permission denied
> During my "googling" I found a solution which basically changed the 
> owner of /root to <web-user>, but I certianly don't want to do that.. 
> :-)  We run Red Hat Enterprise - do you know any differences between 
> this and Debian that might affect the behavior?
>      > /home/kforge/project_data/testing/svn/12 is created.

Have you seen:


In particular:

If you create configuration files outside the /etc directory which
mod_dav_svn or apache httpd needs to read you must change the security
context type to etc_t with the command 'chcon -t etc_t <file path>'

I know this is about FC3 but assume there might be similar issues with 
current RHEL. Also, don't think giving httpd appropriate read 
permissions on /root/.subversion is that dangerous (just don't give 
permissions on /root generally!)



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