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Re: Further to subversion issue 821

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-07-25 23:44:34 CEST

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Wagland Paul <paul@wagland.net> writes:

> However, what I want to be able to do is have an option (in the server):
> authenticated-users-use-ssl = true

Sorry, didn't mean for my responses to sound so terse or harsh.

> Now, perhaps I should of read all of the documentation first. However,
> I searched the man pages of the successfully installed svn.

Curse the man page! It's horribly out of date, and flat out lies
about imaginary switches. The info files (svn-handbook.info) are the
true documentation. Be sure to read the Handbook.

> It gave no indication how to turn on or off encryption or
> compression.

I assume you mean, "on the server"...

These features are *all* part of Apache, and described in Apache's own

  * if you build Apache with mod_zlib, then it will be able to respond
    to compressed HTTP requests.

  * if you build Apache with ssl, then you can set up a repository
    <Location> in your httpd.conf that is *only* reachable via
    'https://', period. Which is exactly what you want.

> There are very few documents in the tree that mention encryption, and
> none of them are ever going to be used by the end-user. How can the
> end-user be sure they are using encryption?

If the end user is accessing a URL that starts with 'https://', they
know they're using encryption. If they compiled their client
--with-zlib, or downloaded a binary that says "zlib compiled in", then
they know that they're using compression, assuming the server they're
talking to also supports compression.

The INSTALL file, which describes how to build svn client and server,
discuss how to build zlib and ssl into both ends of the network. Do
we need to explain encryption and compression elsewhere, in more
general terms? Perhaps in the "design" section of the Handbook's
chapter 1?

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