How to handle group names with spaces?

https://confluence.atlassian.com/crowd/integrating-crowd-with-subversion-104824970.html says that we should enumerate required groups in the svn config file like so:

[groups]
developers=

However, how can we use group names that contain a space character?  When using:

[groups]
atlassian sysadmin=

The generate-authz-svn-access-file.py runs without complaining but does not enumerate the members of that group.

When using:

[groups]
atlassian+sysadmin=

The generate-authz-svn-access-file.py generates an error when trying to enumerate the members of that group.  It seems to encode the plus sign which the crowd API does not like.

Failed to fetch https://my.crowd.com/crowd/rest/usermanagement/1/group/user/nested?groupname=atlassian%2Bsysadmin: {'status': '404', 'x-embedded-crowd-version': 'Crowd/2.10.1', 'x-asen': 'SEN-5815732', 'x-content-type-options': 'nosniff', 'transfer-encoding': 'chunked', 'set-cookie': 'JSESSIONID=30797E388B5AE42A978484565933B3CE; Path=/crowd/; Secure; HttpOnly', 'strict-transport-security': 'max-age=604800; includeSubdomains, max-age=604800; includeSubdomains', 'vary': 'Accept-Encoding, Accept-Encoding', 'content-length': '82', 'server': 'nginx', 'x-crowd-user-management-version': '1.4', 'connection': 'keep-alive', '-content-encoding': 'gzip', 'date': 'Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:08:30 GMT', 'content-type': 'application/json'}

Using:

[groups]
atlassian\+sysadmin=

provides no better results (encoding both the backslash and plus sign).

Crowd is configured to lowercase all users/groups for this application.

1 answer

I dug into the code to discover the problem.  It passes over groupnames with internal spaces.  I wrote a patch and pull request to update the behavior to allow spaces within a group name.

https://bitbucket.org/atlassian/cwdapache/pull-requests/24/allow-group-names-with-spaces-encode-the/diff

I opened this ticket on the support site: https://support.atlassian.com/servicedesk/customer/portal/16/CWDSUP-13594

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