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Thread: Incredible authentication problem with my svn server!!

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    Incredible authentication problem with my svn server!!

    Hi everyone,
    i configured my 4th server with subversion but this time i got an amazing authentication error.
    I checked apache error logs and it says this:
    (13)Permission denied: Failed to load the AuthzSVNAccessFile: Can't open file '/etc/httpd/svnpasswd': Permission denied
    The amazing thing is that svnpasswd file has permission 777.
    The only difference with other servers is this time i'm using centos instead of mandriva distro.

    Any idea?

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    Help please!

    Anyone can help me?

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    Würselen - Germany

    which group/user does the /etc/httpd/svnpasswd file have?

    How does you apache configuration snipped look like ?

    Kind regards
    Karl Heinz Marbaise

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    Hi and thanks for your help,
    both passwd file and access file are apache:apache owner and 777 permission.
    In the while i changed passwd and access file location to /svn/passwd and /svn/access.

    This is my subversion config file:

    <Location /svn>
    DAV svn
    SVNParentPath /home/svn

    # Limit write permission to list of valid users.
    # Require SSL connection for password protection.

    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "Subversion Repository"

    AuthUserFile /svn/passwd
    AuthzSVNAccessFile /svn/access

    Require valid-user

    And the error i get from apache is:
    [error] [client] (13)Permission denied: Could not open password file: /svn/passwd
    [error] [client] access to /svn/work_repos failed, reason: verification of user id 'MYUSERNAME' not configured

    Hope you can help me...
    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Incredible authentication problem with my svn server!!


    has anyone found a solution to this problem? I have identical setup and get the exact same error message, and I
    have even checked that the apache user is able to read this file (by su -s /bin/sh apache "less /svn/access").

    I get this problem on Centos 6.2 x64, but did not get it on Centos 5.7 x86.

    I am a bit stuck here, should I go back to a 32 bit CentOS?

    best regards,
    Svein Brekke

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    Maybe the issue is with the owner/permissions of the /svn directory?
    Patrick Burma
    WANdisco, Inc.

    uberSVN: Apache Subversion Made Easy

    Everything you need to deploy Subversion in the Enterprise

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