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RE: subversion admin tool

From: James FitzGibbon <jfitzgibbon_at_primustel.ca>
Date: 2005-06-13 13:58:53 CEST

The main reason there is not 'change password' support in Subversion is that
subversion doesn't have a single system for authentication. Of the
supported repository methods, only 'svnserve' has built-in password support.
file:// doesn’t need it, svn+ssh:// relies on the underlying transport for
authentication, and http:// or https:// uses the many authentication modules
available for Apache.

TortoiseSVN (or any SVN client for that matter) can't presume to know the
mechanics of changing a password given the different backends, nor should
the backend presume to know the canonical source of password information.
On my servers, SVN authentication hits a custom LDAP schema. There is no
LDAP code in SVN, so where would one even begin to take on a password change
task? On other systems (not those used for SVN), password information
appears to be in the /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files, but those files are
generated regularly from LDAP, so changes to them would be lost were a
backend to modify them.

SVN gives you great flexibility when it comes to authentication, but it
presumes that you are able to administer a database of users in your chosen
format prior to plugging SVN into it. If you've installed a completely new
user database for use with SVN, then you can either get some other utility
to allow users to change passwords or look at integrating SVN with a
pre-existing user database you have installed.

Regards

-----Original Message-----
From: Cagatay Catal [mailto:cagatay.catal@bte.mam.gov.tr]
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 7:12 AM
To: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: subversion admin tool

Hello,
I need a subversion admin tool to get reports from SVN repository.
Is there any tool which gives us some reports?

Also; is there any simple tools for developers to change their passwords
in SVN? Why does not Tortoise SVN support this?

Thank you.
Cagatay

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