I'm running subversion on Snow Leopard.

I created a repository and I, and others on the local network can access it just fine via HTTP to my local machine.

I created a new repository and others on the LAN can access it, but are denied permission to commit anything.

Everything appears the same (conf files for both have the exact same users/pwds). So I started looking at the permissions locally in OSX.

I found that the file permissions for the repository that works look like this:

_www : read & write
_www : read only
everyone : read only

On the one that's denying commits, the file permissions look like this:

system: read & write
_www : read only
everyone : read only

I created both repositories via:

sudo svnadmin create /path/to/my/repository

Any theories as to why they are being created with different file permissions?


Probably not ideal, but I can just manually grant _www read and write permissions recursively easy enough via the finder (the ol' 777 hammer). Still, I'm curious as to what I may have done that would have caused the permissions to be different in the first place.

1 Answer 1


Check your umask in terminal:


If it is 022, by default only owner gets write access, group / world is read only.

Here are instruction how to change it:


Also please be aware that allowing by default write access has security implications ...

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