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Re: Using SASL on a Windows server

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 06:55:28 -0400

On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 5:31 AM, Simon Large
<simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com> wrote:

> TortoiseSVN 1.5.0 beta is built with SASL support and the nightly svn
> book now recommends using this as the preferred way to secure svn://
> communications over the big bad internet. In the TortoiseSVN docs we
> like to include instructions for setting up a server on a Windows box
> since many small companies are stuck with a single Windows server.
> However, reading the notes at
> <http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/trunk/notes/sasl.txt> does not make
> it clear how you would setup/install SASL support for svnserve on a
> Windows svn server, nor do the Cyrus docs themselves.
> The implication is that you need to build Cyrus SASL in order to get
> the required plugins to work with the pre-built svn binaries, and that
> you also need to compile the utilities such as saslpasswd2. For
> Windows sysadmins that is likely to be a problem (programs are built
> by developers, not by users) and even if you could do that, you would
> have to use the same compiler version as was used to build subversion
> to avoid the infamous dll hell.
> So, my question is: will subversion 1.5 Windows binaries also ship
> with the required Cyrus SASL plugins and utilities, is it a feature
> that just can't be used on a Windows server, or have I just got it all
> horribly wrong?

The CollabNet Subversion binaries posted in the SVN 1.5 beta site on
OCN include the SASL plugins and utilities. Please give the server
install a try and see if you can get it working. I think you should
just have to add the SASL config to svnserve.conf, and of course use
the SASL tools to create a few users. Please post to the OCN forums
if you have problems so that I do not miss your message.

Mark Phippard
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