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Re: Subversion Client connection problem

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006c_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-08-18 17:20:05 CEST

On Aug 18, 2006, at 17:07, Britt, Eli T wrote:

>>>>> I have set up Subversion on a small business network between two
>>>>> laptops running XP Pro. When I try to access the repository from
>>>>> using TortoiseSVN from a remote machine on this network, I get the
>>>>> error message" Error * Can't connect to host '': No connection
>>>>> could be made because the target machine actively refused it.".
>>>> [snip]
>>>>> I can access the repository without any problem on the machine it
>>>>> resides on.
>>>> How is the repository being served? You mentioned svnserve.conf, so
>>>> presumably you're using svnserve?
>>>> What is the URL of the repository?
>>>> svnserve is presumably actually running on the server?
>>>> Is there a firewall on the server that's blocking access to the
>>>> other
>>>> client? You would have to configure it to let traffic through on
>>>> the
>>>> svnserve port.
>>> No firewall on any of the boxes in my 3 box network. This network
>>> is for evaluation purposes only.
>>> Svnserve.exe is running on the server box in daemon mode.
>>> The repository url is svn:///
>> Ah, we may have something: You need two slashes, not three: svn://
>> With three slashes I get the error message
>> "svn: Unknown hostname ''" from the command-line client, which sounds
>> similar to what you're getting in TortoiseSVN.
> I was able to access the repository yesterday from the remote machine
> using the command line using "svn checkout file://
> c:\work in progress". Once I did that, I was also able to access it
> using TortoiseSVN. But today when I try it get the following:
> svn: Unable to open an ra_local session
> svn: Unable to open repository' file://'
> svn: Can't open file '\\\Work\format': Access denied
> Any thoughts?

I wasn't aware the file protocol could be used in that way. I've only
ever used it for accessing files on the local machine, with file:///
path/to/repo. The file protocol in Subversion is good for testing and
if you're the only developer working on a local repository, but if
you're trying to get this to work in a client/server arrangement
across several machines, you should be using one of the other
protocols with a server process (like you're trying to do with

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