Apache, svn, mod_dav: COPY (branch/tag): Error: COPY: Could not read status line

I just spent quite a few hours trying to figure out why I got the error message in the title of this post.
There were many suspects: The reverse proxy, threaded perl, bug in the authentication script, bug with SVN…

I ruled out these one by one.

In the end, I added the directive “SVNPathAuthz off” to the SVN locations configuration in apache. And the problem was solved. One line of config, five hours debugging. Wow.

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