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SVN authentication on Windows

From: David W. Wilson <wilson.d_at_anseri.com>
Date: 2007-08-23 14:37:21 CEST

I am in the process of implementing SVN 1.4 + TortoiseSVN + Apache 2.0 HTTP
Server in a Windows environment.


In the first test incarnation, I installed Apache 2.0 and configured the
repository directory in httpd.conf as directed in the SVN docs. All worked
well, I was able to able to browse the repository and successfully exercise
most of the Tortoise functionality.


The one problem I am experiencing is that revisions don't seem to have an
author (the author column is blank for all revisions in the blame window).
If TortoiseSVN is similar to TortoiseCVS in this respect, I am guessing that
the revision author is the username from the SVN server login for the
commit, and is blank if Apache is not authenticating.


I have tried to set up SVN authentication as described in


Version Control with Subversion 1.4

-> 6. Server Configuration

-> httpd, the Apache HTTP server

-> Basic HTTP Authentication


However, after creating the authentication file in the prescribed fashion,
updating httpd.conf as directed, and jogging the Apache server, and even
rebooting the Apache server, Tortoise committed changes without prompting
for a password, and the new revisions still had no associated author, in
short, authentication did not seem to be working.


I have checked my authentication file and httpd.conf, and I can't find
anything wrong, except that htaccess seems to be creating the authentication
file with UNIX-style newlines. Is there anything special I need to know
about Basic HTTP/SVN authentication on Windows? Will Basic HTTP
authentication solve my revision author issue?
Received on Thu Aug 23 14:37:41 2007

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