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Re: subversion server on FreeBSD 6.2 - cannot connect

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007a_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-03-20 08:38:50 CET

On Mar 20, 2007, at 02:08, Paul van den Bergen wrote:

> On 3/20/07, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> On Mar 19, 2007, at 23:17, Paul van den Bergen wrote:
>> > I'm trying to set up a subversion server on a miniITX box running a
>> > freebsd server (no X) and vanilla subversion - no appache, either
>> > straight svn or svn+ssh.
>> >
>> > followed the basics from 2 howtos on the net - OnLamp and
>> another (I
>> > can't recall off the top of my head)
>> >
>> > I can svn import, svn commit and svn checkout using the file method
>> > from either the svn user or other users using the file:/// method.
>> >
>> > I cannot svn to the repository using tortoise SVN from the
>> windows XP
>> > box on the same network.
>> Why can't you connect using TortoiseSVN? What error message
>> do you get?
> depends on how I try to access the server - usually something like
> "cannot connect to server" or " seerver unexpectedly disconnected" and
> occasionally "connection actively refused"
> I'm flailing around in the dark a bit here.
>> Are you also using the file:/// protocol in TortoiseSVN or are you
>> trying one of the other protocols, such as svn://, svn+ssh://,
>> http:// or https://?
> well, no, because file:/// only works on local hdd's right (no NFS or
> samba here)?
> basically this is the first step into building a small secure system.
> so starting with just svn: or maybe svn+ssh://
> on the BSD svn server I have svnserve running either as a deamon or as
> an inetd service. - in either case local file:/// method works. in
> both cases cannot get a connection to the box as svn or svn+ssh (this
> is a headless box that I SSH into BTW - so the network is connected.)

Ah, ok, I missed this piece of information: On the FreeBSD server,
you can use file:/// to access the repository on the FreeBSD server.
Then you tried TortoiseSVN on a Windows client and wanted to access
the repo via svn:// and svn+ssh:// and that didn't work.

>> If so, can you use those other protocols from the command line?
> How do I do that (from the winXP box)?

I don't use Windows, but I assume you would open a DOS prompt and
type "svn <whatever>" or possibly "C:\Path\to\Subversion\svn
<whatever>". But let's not even worry about the Windows machine for
now. Use the terminal of the FreeBSD machine to attempt to connect
via svn:// or svn+ssh:// or both, whichever you want to ultimately use.

>> Is the appropriate server set up for that access protocol?
> Um. I don't understand the question. the server should accept svn
> incoming services, right? inetd handles the call and involces svnserve
> _or_ the deamon recognises the incoming svn or svn over ssh
> connection? have I missed a step?

You hadn't thus far said what protocol you were using, or whether you
had started svnserve or apache, as appropriate. That's all I meant.
Since you're trying to access via svn://, the svnserve process needs
to be running (or started via inetd, presumably; I'm not very
familiar with inetd). For svn+ssh:// access, you need an ssh server
running (and in this case, no already-running svnserve process will
be used, but rather, svn will start an svnserve process as you log in
via ssh, and will end the process when it's done). Obviously you'll
also need your firewall configured to allow traffic on the ports
svnserve (3690) or ssh (22) uses, depending on which protocol you'll

>> If your problem is limited to TortoiseSVN, and the svn command line
>> functions properly, then you need to ask the question on the
>> TortoiseSVN mailing list, not here.
> I don';t know where the problem lies. If you could let me know where
> the tortise SVn email list is at I'd be happy to sub to that too.

If we end up finding it's a TortoiseSVN problem, their mailing list
is users@tortoisesvn.tigris.org and you can subscribe and read the
archives here:


But try it from the command line first to try to prove TortoiseSVN's

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