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Re: documentation on using cryptographic services

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:50:49 -0400

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 3:39 PM, Neels Janosch Hofmeyr <neels_at_elego.de> wrote:
> Andy Levy wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 19:36, Neels Janosch Hofmeyr <neels_at_elego.de> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I can't seem to find any documentation on how to use the new cryptographic
>>> services in SVN 1.6.x. Do we have any docs on how to actually employ
>>>  OS X Keychain,
>>>  KDE Wallet,
>>>  Gnome Keyring
>>> and
>>>  Windows' standard cryptography
>>> for local password caching?
>> Subversion already uses Keychain & Windows crypto for password
>> caching, and has for quite some time. I don't understand what you're
>> asking for.
> As far as I'm told, that's a new feature in 1.6. But that's not what I'm
> concerned about in this mail. I'm looking for documentation. Where can I
> find instructions for using and configuring these cryptography services?
> I scanned the nightly SVN Book and the mailing lists with no success so far.

There is nothing to really configure. The Windows support has been in
the product since I think 1.2 release. It "just works" there is
nothing to configure. The OSX support was added around 1.4? It also
just works.

In 1.6, support for KDE KWallet and GNOME Keyring were added. It is
up to the packager to build in these options using
--with-gnome-keyring or --with-kwallet. If you are running SVN from a
local graphical desktop with GNOME or KDE and this support compiled
in, it also pretty much just works. If you have a binary with support
for both built-in you can get control which one is used with a new
"password-store" option in the config file.

GNOME Keyring can work in a non-graphical session, such as when using
SSH to connect to a Linux system. You can run this command inside
your terminal to start the GNOME Keyring service:

$ export `gnome-keyring-daemon`

Subsequent SVN command should prompt you to unlock the keyring.

Before you logout you need to run:


Mark Phippard
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