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Re: --root not recognized

From: Ulrich Eckhardt <eckhardt_at_satorlaser.com>
Date: 2007-11-21 16:48:26 CET

On Wednesday 21 November 2007, Rolf Schumacher wrote:
> May be I'm wrong, Uli, but what I see is:
> 1. I do not have Apache installed, (I'm running Tomcat, but there is no
> servlet-based server for subversion)
> 2. There is no sign that svnserve was started (ps ax, grep svn * in
> /etc/init.d)
> 3. /etc/inetd.conf does not contain an entry for svnserve
> 4. I do not have xinetd installed

Well, both inetd and xinetd would start svnserve on demand when configured to
do so, but as I said, it would be very untypical for Debian to do that just
because you installed the Subversion package.

> I have the subversion package installed (apt-get install subversion) and
> I can communicate with the server over the internet, however, only by
> svn+ssh://, while svn:// does not work.

I'm not sure if that surprises you, but just in case let me repeat: svn+ssh
means that the svn client creates a SSH connection to the machine, starts an
svnserve instance there and tunnels the IO through the SSH connection. That
means that no system-wide service needs to be started or registered with

Also, just in case that is unclear, the svnserve program is not in any way
special or requires special privileges or system-wide configuration. What it
can do all depends on the user it was started as and what files that user can

Summary: the behaviour you describe is perfectly normal and expected.


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