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Undeprecate svnserve -R (--read-only)

From: Max Bowsher <maxb1_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-12-03 17:14:50 CET

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There's been a request at the Debian BTS for a svnserve --read-only
option. I pointed out that it already existed, but was deprecated, and
asked for a use-case. I found the response fairly convincing:

It's common to want to auto-update working copies - for a svn+ssh://
repository, a -R option would allow users to create limited read-only
passwordless SSH keys for use in automated updaters, without having to
arrange for the sysadmin to do any extra configuration.

It is true that much the same functionality can be achieved with a
dedicated read-only user account, but, this will require work on the
part of the server admin: creating and maintaining definitions in the
repository authz file - or even, if the repository wasn't using
path-based authz yet (i.e. anon-access=none, auth-access=write),
learning about and setting up a whole new authz file.

Given this justification, and the fact we already _have_ the code, I'm
inclined to strip off the deprecation warnings from this option, and
call it a feature.


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