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When I commit a change to the Ubuntu Subversion, I always get the error below.

~$ sudo svn commit -m "Initial Commit" test.txt --username akira

svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: Can't open file '/home/svn/myrepo/db/txn-current-lock': Permission denied

How should I set the permission to the txn-current-lock? I set the permissions below beforehand.

~$ sudo chown -R taro:subversion myrepo
~$ sudo chmod -R g+rws /home/svn/myrepo
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How is your repository initialized? I.e. what command like svn co ... (or svn checkout) have you ran? – Lekensteyn Feb 19 '12 at 12:28
svn://, svn+ssh:// or http:// repo? – Lazy Badger Feb 19 '12 at 12:29
The command was 'sudo svn co /home/akira/svn/repository --username akira' – Akira Tsuchiya Feb 19 '12 at 12:56
Wait, you're committing as root, and you get a permission denied error? Weird. Is /home mounted over NFS or something? – Marius Gedminas Feb 19 '12 at 13:51
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As you've said:

The command was sudo svn co /home/akira/svn/repository --username akira

That means that you're checking out from the server over HTTP to the local directory /home/akira/svn/repository as user akira. The read/write privileges on the SVN server (a centralized repository) are determined by the program serving SVN over HTTP (likely Apache). Apache is running as www-data and cannot write to /home/svn/myrepo/db/txn-current-lock if it's not owned by you.

I suggest you to start a svnserve daemon as the svn user and use that instead of Apache. The URL then becomes something like svn:// when using this initscript that basically invokes svnserve --root=/home/svn --threads as user svn. If you're running a local subversion server, you can add the --listen-host=localhost option for added security.

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When using svn:// protocol, some case is successful and another case fails. – Akira Tsuchiya Feb 20 '12 at 14:30
When using svn:// protocol, some case is successful and another case fails. On the server, [svnserve -d --root=/home/svn --threads] is started as the user of svn. And on the client, [svn co svn://***] and [svn add ***] succeed but [svn commit] fails with the error of [Authorization failed]. I am confused. Could you give me another hint? – Akira Tsuchiya Feb 20 '12 at 14:37
Have a look in the files in /home/svn/myrepo/db/conf/, especially the passwd file and anon-access/auth-access settings – Lekensteyn Feb 20 '12 at 15:40
Thank you. It worked. – Akira Tsuchiya Feb 21 '12 at 4:56

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