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unable to authenticate to svnserve -- no challenge issued

From: Vivek Khera <khera_at_kcilink.com>
Date: 2004-03-09 18:14:57 CET

I've searched the list archives about this, but did not find anything
relating to this problem when running svnserve on an internal server to
support a few developers. From what I see out of the ethernet traces,
no challenge is ever issued by the server for getting the user

Subversion is installed via the FreeBSD port on FreeBSD 4.9.

I've set up svnserve as per the book chapter. I run it with this

su svn -c "svnserve -r /home/svn/repos --foreground -d"

the svnserv.conf file is this:

--cut here--
auth-access = write
anon-access = none

password-db = passwd
realm = Khera Communications
--cut here--

and the passwd file is just this for testing purposes:

--cut here--
khera = khera
--cut here--

the passwd file is readble by the svn user and group. The entire
repository is owned by the svn user and is writable -- the cvs2svn
import accessed it fine, and if I enable anon-access are read only in
the conf file, I can check out the project.

when I try to check out an imported project, I get this error:

% svn co svn://yertle/testproject/trunk testproject
svn: No access allowed to this repository

Tracing the wire, I see these exchanges between the server and client:

>> "( success ( 1 2 ( ANONYMOUS ) ( edit-pipeline ) ) ) "
<< "( 2 ( edit-pipeline ) 30:svn://yertle/testproject/trunk ) "
>> "( failure ( ( 170001 36:No access allowed to this repository
27:subversion/svnserve/serve.c 1029 ) ) ) "

isn't the server supposed to issue some sort of challenge to the client
when it needs authenticated access?

Vivek Khera, Ph.D. Khera Communications, Inc.
Internet: khera@kciLink.com Rockville, MD +1-301-869-4449 x806
AIM: vivekkhera Y!: vivek_khera http://www.khera.org/~vivek/

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