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Re: authentication suggestion

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-09-03 15:42:51 CEST

On Fri, 2004-09-03 at 08:30, Roland Erbs wrote:
> Hi
> Using windows and using authentication by use of svnserve and password.conf
> file.
> If a user, in password.conf, is listed as
> [users]
> john.doe =
> i.e. without a password then my suggestion is that john.doe should never be
> asked for authentication. Is that possible?

Hm, lately I've been trying very hard to wait 24 hours before
reflexively responding to every email that comes into this list, to give
other folks a chance to respond first. But I *can't* resist this one!

My question is: how would server *know* that it's john.doe on the other
side of the network, and therefore shouldn't be prompted for
authentication? Isn't that... circular?

Understand that the client doesn't send a username unless the server
asks. This isn't CVS, where the client 'pushes' information
automatically. In Subversion, authentication is entirely 'pulled' by
the server when the server deems necessary.

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Received on Fri Sep 3 15:45:14 2004

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