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RE: svnserve alternate authentication

From: Robert Hunter <robert.hunter_at_gen-i.co.nz>
Date: 2005-03-08 21:03:56 CET

Brad wrote:
> Has anyone put or heard of any effort into designined an alternate
authentication > interface for svnserve? Our implementation is in dire need
of such a mechanism
> (hundreds of users in an Oracle table used by other development apps)
> If there was a generic interface or an adapter pattern in place it could
> fairly easy to authenticate with an alternate datasource rather than the
> users file. Does anyone have any input/information or know where to start?

I've never used svnserve so I could be way off-base here, but it sounds to
me like PAM would be a sensible mechanism to leverage here.

If you were using svn+ssh, then you could just make sure that SSH is
using PAM authentication. I guess svnserve currently does *not* support
PAM -- is it using some kind of "built-in" authentication mechanism
provided by the APR? If it is, then perhaps it would be possible to patch
APR to use PAM where available?

I get the feeling there are some platform-neutrality issues I'm missing
here, though.

Robert Hunter
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