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Connection to Server running on XP Home?

From: Kristofer G. Skaug [home] <kristofer_at_xs4all.nl>
Date: 2008-01-02 09:48:19 CET


I'd like to use SVN on my home network as a repository and backup facility
for all my personal files. I have a PC running WinXP home where I've
established a repository, and would like to access it from one or more
laptops on the internal LAN. Essentially it's a single-user system, though,
as I have no immediate need for multi-user configuration, strong
authentication or whatever. The point is really to use the repository as a
fixed reference for version control and backup of all my essential files, of
which there could be multiple copies in circulation.

So, I've installed SVN server 1.4.6 on my WinXP home PC (\\Skaugpc).
This has been set up as a service running as "localservice" and pointing to
a dedicated named share as repository root.
The commandline I used to create/start the SVN server is the following:

sc create SVNService binpath= "\"C:\Program
Files\Subversion\bin\svnserve.exe\" --service --root "\\Skaugpc\Backup""
displayname= "Subversion Server" depend= Tcpip start= auto

The service starts successfully, and accessing the repository locally on the
XP-home PC appears to works fine. But that's not what I need it for :-) When
I try to access this repository from my laptop on the same local network, I
cannot connect: using e.g. the test command
svn ls svn://Skaugpc

the following error message is returned (by the commandline):
"Error * Can't connect to host 'Skaugpc': A connection attempt failed
because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of
time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to

As far as I can tell, I've given the related processes "free play" in the
firewalls on both sides, but no luck. It makes no difference whether I use
the TSVN client or the SVN commandline, so it would appear not to be a
client-specific issue.

The Windows logon user names and passwords are the same on both machines.
I'm aware that XP home has various limitations with respect to "server"
functions, but seeing as svnserve supposedly just talks some kind of TCP/IP,
I thought this might still be possible.

So... my question is, is there some inherent limitation with WinXP Home that
prevents it from acting as an SVN server for a local network? Any ideas what
could be going wrong here?

thanks and best regards,


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