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How to configure svnserve Windows Domain authentication

From: <Michael_Abraham_at_Monitor.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 10:37:30 -0400


I'm new to Subversion (my company is thinking seriously of migrating from
Perforce and VSS), and I'm trying to get Subversion 1.5.0 rc5 running (I
downloaded the installer from

I'm trying to get svnserve configured to authenticate against our Windows
Domain - I understand that the new SASL support in 1.5.0 should make this
possible. BTW, svnserve will be running on Windows 2003 Server. I know I
could get domain authentication by using Apache, but I'd much rather be
able to use svnserve because it appears simpler to set up/manage and is
supposed to be more performant.

I could really use some help in getting SASL configured. I've spent a few
days Googling for any info on how to do this, and everything I've found is
UNIX oriented and/or assumes a level of knowledge I just don't have.

Here's what I've done so far,

I added

use-sasl = true

to svnserve.conf.

I created svn.conf in the Subversion bin directory (in my case C:\Program
Files\Subversion) containing

mech_list: gssapi

svnserve seems to be paying attention to this, because TortoiseSvn returns
the error 'Could not obtain the list of SASL mechanisms', and if I replace
gssapi with DIGEST-MD5 (for example), I get an authentication failure.

I also see that if I run svn in a command window, I get an error regarding
a failure to find gssapi32.dll. I then installed MIT Kerberos for Windows
3.2.2, and that error went away, but I still get 'Could not obtain the
list of SASL mechanisms'.

I believe that I also have to provide a keytab file, and I could really
use some documentation on how to do this and how to tell SASL where to
find it.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Mike Abraham


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