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Re: httpd or svnserve

From: Thomas Cowell <mailinglists_at_thomascowell.net>
Date: 2004-05-25 15:13:06 CEST

Henrik Johansson wrote:

>I am setting up subversion for use in our project and
>everything seems to work like a charm! :D
>The question I have is concerning the possibility to use the
>Tortoise Windows client.
>Encrypted communication is a prerequisite and most of the users
>have Windows PC's. Is it possible to tunnel it with SSH? They must
>install SSH as well then right?
>My question is weather Apache or standalone server is the way to go?
> Henrik
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Hey there,

I am also in the process of setting up SVN as a file server (on a local
network). I got it all running
with Apache, but I found that when I imported a large amount of data
(~1.5gb, alot of it binary files),
1) it took forever, and 2) it often stopped responding and timed out
half way through the import.

I tried the same import using svnserve and it was a much much faster,
and I had no timeout problems.

So my conclusion is that I'm going to set up svnserve for checking
out/commits (due to speed and
seeming better reliability), and have Apache running just so people can
browse the repository in
their browser.

Security is also a big issue for me, so I am going to use svn+ssh and
hopefully manage to get SSL running
on Apache. I am also planning on setting everone up with TortoiseSVN, as
it seems quite nice. I just have
to get the SSH tunnelling working (its been doing werid stuff for me).

To answer your question, yes each client needs an SSH client installed.
When you use svn+ssh:// protocol,
it launches SSH, logs in to the server, and runs svnserve using the -t
(tunnelling) switch. See the SVN book
for all the details :).

Good luck,


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