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How do i know which program-user access a certain folder in linux debian?, basically a screwed my svn repo, basically cause i could not commit to it due to permission. got a

db/txn-current-lock': Permission denied error.

So i tried to fix it and screwed up again. because of emergency in the programing team, i gave 777 permission to all folder and change the user:group permission to root:root to all. Now i want to fix the setup like god commands. I want to create a a group which only people on these groups are able to use the svn, but i don´t know which user (program) access the repo.

Is it www-data ? or is it _svn:*:73:73:SVN Server:/var/empty:/usr/bin/false (this from /etc/passwwd) ? how do i check ? Thank you!

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How do you serve the repo?

Is it through apache mod_svn? Then the directory/files have to be owned by the user under which apache runs (www-data usually).

Through SSH? Then you have to create a group that will own the files (but there were some problems with this setup, don't remember what).

Through svnserve? Then it must be owned by user under which svnserve runs.

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The problem with SSH was with files occasionally ending up owned by root, despite your settings. They claimed to have fixed it, but that was about the time I switched to git. –  Brad Mace Oct 6 '10 at 2:17
    
then default ACLs could be a solution (setfacl -R -m d:g:svn_users:rwx svn-repo), I'd recommend serving it through Apache either way (audit logs, better authentication/authorization, integration with LDAP, no problems with permissions..., access to newest files with any web browser) –  Hubert Kario Oct 6 '10 at 2:58
    
How can i tell how do i serve the svn repo? –  Ernest Oct 6 '10 at 20:34
    
how do you connect to the repo? is the protocol ssh:// or ssh+svn://? then you're going through SSH. svn://? It means svnserve. http:// or https://? means the apache module -- mod_svn –  Hubert Kario Oct 6 '10 at 20:40
    
Please guys, check my train of though. It´s Through svnserve, cause i checkout using svn://. so my next question, how do i know which user svn runs on ? got "_svn:*:73:73:SVN Server:/var/empty:/usr/bin/false" (this from /etc/passwwd) ? so i guess it´s svn ? but su svn wont work, i guess i should chown -R _svn:_svn * ? –  Ernest Oct 7 '10 at 0:05

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