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Re: svnserve selectively refusing connections from users?

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2004-07-16 17:58:46 CEST

Nick Zitzmann wrote:
> Until today we haven't had any problems with our users accessing our
> repositories, but now we have a user who for some reason can't connect.
> Until today, the user was able to access the repository. Now, when he
> tries to run "svn update" on an existing checkout, or"svn co" and point
> it to our Subversion server, he always gets a "connection refused"
> message:
> svn: Can't connect to host 'Server.local': Connection refused
> Oddly enough, "svn status" connects, but it gives the wrong output (it
> claims the server is at repository revision 1 when it's actually at
> revision 3, and doesn't say what has been changed since revision 1).

Do you mean "svn status -u" ? Plain "svn status" never contacts the
repository at all.

> More details:
> 1. Both the client and server are running the latest production release
> of Mac OS X (10.3.4)
> 2. Both the client and server are running Subversion 1.0.5
> 3. The client and server are both on the local LAN
> 4. The server is running at the time as a background daemon
> 5. None of our other users are having this problem
> 6. I'm able to access the server just fine from the loopback device
> (localhost)
> 7. Deleting the user's ".subversion" directory in his home directory
> did not help
> 8. The user can connect to the server using SSH with no problems
> 9. We're using the plain old svn protocol, not svn+ssh or http
> 10. This worked until today, and I didn't mess with the software on my
> side

Truly strange.

Can you telnet to the svn server? The svnserve port is 3690, and you should
get a greeting which looks like this:

( success ( 1 2 ( ANONYMOUS ) ( edit-pipeline ) ) )

and the connection should not be closed by the server until you press


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