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Re: Customizing default svnserve.conf file?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-02-17 18:32:43 CET

On Feb 17, 2005, at 10:59 AM, Philippe Auphelle wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm quite new to svn, but I did RTFM and FAQ. And I still have a
> couple of questions (to begin with :) )
> Is there a way to customize the svnserve.conf file that gets created at
> "svnadmin create" time?
> The default one gives read access to anonymous users, something that
> gets us a bit nervous...
> And while we're in that area, is there a way to config svn / svnserve
> so
> that SVN users can create a new repository through svnserve / MD5, i.e.
> without having to account-log onto the svn machine (or call an admin
> to do it)?

Subversion was designed with the assumption that creating a new
repository is a Big Deal: that it doesn't happen very often, and that
when it does happen, it's something done entirely by a server
administrator. It's assumed that the admin will then take the time to
configure the new repository carefully and correctly -- by tweaking
svnserve.conf, tweaking httpd.conf, setting up access permissions, and
so on.

So no, repositories weren't meant to be tiny lightweight things that
can easily pop into existence whenever a user hits a button. You could
certainly write CGI scripts to do such a thing, but it seems a bit

Maybe a better idea is: make one big repository. Users can start new
projects by creating new directories in the repository.

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