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Re: svnserve SASL documentation?

From: Eric Gillespie <epg_at_pretzelnet.org>
Date: 2007-04-10 23:15:03 CEST

Malcolm Rowe <malcolm-svn-dev@farside.org.uk> writes:

> On Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 12:10:23PM -0700, Eric Gillespie wrote:
> > The only answers i've heard so far were basically "sniff the
> > traffic" and "poke around your system package database for sasl
> > modules". This isn't acceptable.
> >=20
> So I was the crazy person suggesting those as possible approaches to
> debugging why Eric's SASL-enabled binary just says 'hey, no mechs',
> which might be fine for Eric, but isn't going to fly for users.

Hehe, it would be fine for Eric if he had the time ;->. Since
it's not acceptable for Subversion users, i figured i'd go for
the root of the problem and get someone who does know how this
stuff works to either write some documentation or get me to a
stage where i can write something.

> Part of the problem, of course, is that SASL is designed to be a black
> box - we ask it to authenticate, and it returns 'okay' or 'no mechs' or
> similar. That said, there must be ways to improve the user experience.
> For example, could we get a list of the client mechs and return those to
> the user when we get the 'no mechs' message? How about the server mechs?

What would the user do with that information?

Eric Gillespie <*> epg@pretzelnet.org

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