Sometimes I ask for permission to perform a set of authorized operations on code repository. How can I build a sentence for such request? I'm thinking about something like: "Provide me permissions for/on/to repository"

I want to understand whether this sentence makes sense, and if so, which preposition to use?

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Since you have "code repository" in your question, I'm assuming that you're in a software development environment. In that case, the de facto way to ask for permission to a code repository is to ask for "access". For example:

Please can I get access to the repository? I need to make edits to some source files.

You can also say:

Can I get permissions to modify the files?


Can I get permissions to make edits to the files?

In a software development environment, it will be understood that you want authorization to perform certain operations on the files in question. Permissions in this case will be understood to be file system permissions which are a type of access control mechanism.

The preposition to use, whether you're using access or permissions, is "to".

  • Does it depend if you are requesting permissions on a server, to update data, or for Jack in Accounting? Sep 3, 2016 at 0:09
  • @ChrisMcCall I'm not sure I fully understand what you're asking. Are you asking if the word to request permission would be the same if someone is trying to do something in a non-I.T. environment?
    – adino
    Sep 3, 2016 at 1:25
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    I think @Chris is saying that prepositions can vary depending on the verb and the object. There's nothing wrong with your three examples, but we might also say, "Can I request access for Jack? He's new in our department." Or, "Can I get write access on the production server?" It's not always to.
    – J.R.
    Sep 4, 2016 at 6:40

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