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Re: svnserver and windows passwords

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007a_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-03-19 00:26:41 CET

On Mar 18, 2007, at 14:50, Juergen Sachs wrote:

>>> In our company we run svnserve on a win2003. Our admins refused to
>>> install apache for svn, since they don't know much about it and
>>> because
>>> of resource concern of the server.
>>> But what we realy miss to use the windows passwords for
>>> subversion. We
>>> use the same names for our developers as for the windows login.
>>> So is there already a way to auth a user using svnserve using his
>>> windows
>>> password ?
>>> Currently it is a hassle to keep them their second password for svn.
>>> Again we can not use apache which would support this.
>> Correction - your admins don't want to be bothered using Apache. They
>> shouldn't be living in a vacuum - if there's something that will
>> achieve the organization's goals and needs, they should be supporting
>> it unless there's a good business case against it. Just my opinion
>> though.
>> Really, Apache is the best way to achieve what you're looking to do.
>> "Don't know much about it" is simply willful ignorance, which is
>> easily overcome by spending a couple hours reading httpd.apache.org.
>> If server resources are a concern, then perhaps you need to run a
>> dedicated server for Subversion. But I don't think it'll add that
>> much
>> overhead to the server - unless it's already overloaded.
> Either way. They don't want to do it, or I have to do it, like I
> have to do
> with the subversion service already (with theire help of course).
> But thats
> an easy job until now :-) A few updates, checking that backups are
> running.
> SVN is very stable !
> But I think more of a way, that we can set up a special option in
> the "passwd"
> file like "auth=os" and subversion will only check if the user is
> allowed
> using its config files, but verifies passwords using the os. Since
> every user
> has the possability to auth on this server, this should be easy.
> But I guess also the client must support this, so he provides the
> correct
> encoded password ?! Otherwiese it should be a "small" change to the
> svnserve.
> If this option is found in the config file, svnserve tries to auth
> using the
> os, with the given user name.
> If I ha dmore time I would look into this, but.......

I feel fairly confident pointing out that it would take much less of
your time to learn how to set up apache2 and mod_dav_svn than to
program a new authentication scheme into svnserve. ;-)

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