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Windows, svnserve and authentication

From: Anoop V. Mathew <anoopm.fastmail_at_mailnull.com>
Date: 2004-07-29 10:07:21 CEST

>-=> I'd like to know if the Subversion server can be installed
>-=> on Windows 2000 and used to serve clients from remote
>-=> workstations through svnserve with
>Hi Anoop,
>The answer to all your questions is yes :)
>This should help you get started:


I had read this document. If I understood it rightly, svn+ssh uses a
different authentication mechanism to plain svnserve and doesn't use the
password file. I was expecting svnserve to use the password file specified
in svnserve.conf, without resorting to svn+ssh. This is described in the
first section of the page at the above URL, but when implemented, the
authentication is not happening. Do I have to restrict user rights on the
repository folder, thus forcing authentication by svnserve? Currently,
'Everyone' has full rights to the repository folder.

My requirements are as follows.
1) The SVN repository should be on Windows
2) No Apache
3) No SSH
4) Simple authentication mechanism (password file is ideal OR Windows
authentication) as we trust everybody over here ;-)
5) Ability to check in files into the repository from remote clients (i.e.,
from clients not running on the server hosting the repository)

As the documentation says the repository CANNOT be hosted on network share
drives, I was hoping that svnserve along with the password file would be
able to fulfill my requirements. However, authentication is not happening
for remote clients, thus preventing them from checking in stuff.

I did check out websvn as well, but to my understanding, it only provides a
read-only view of the repository.

Thanks again,

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