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svnserve : anonymous access not working

From: Gingko <from_tigris_at_nospam.homelinux.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:39:24 +0100


I have a problem with svnserve :

I want to configure it for allowing anonymous users to read it, but this
don't work :
if I checkout (using TortoiseSVN), I am always asked to supply my password.

If I do it, the checkout works fine.

Otherwise I cannot checkout.

And if I click "OK" (in the TortoiseSVN authentication dialog) without
giving any authentication (leaving all fields empty), I get the following
message :

   SASL(-1): generic failure: Unable to find a callback: 2

svnserve (from Subversion 1.6.12) runs on a Linux server with Debian lenny
5.0 (64 bit edition).

The "svnserve.conf" file for that repository contains the following :
anon-access = read
auth-access = write
realm = Référentiel Pouchin TV Mod

use-sasl = true
min-encryption = 128
max-encryption = 256

For SASL, I have also a "svn.conf" file in the "/etc/" directory, containing
following :
pwcheck_method: auxprop
auxprop_plugin: sasldb
sasldb_path: /var/lib/svn/sasldb
mech_list: DIGEST-MD5

Note that there is also an Apache access, running concurrently, which works
fine for anonymous reading. But I also want this anonymous access on

svnserve is configured for logging all accesses, but the log doesn't record
anything during theses failing anonymous accesses.

svnserve is launched through the "inetd.conf" file, and the corresponding
line is :

    svn stream tcp nowait www-data
/usr/bin/svnserve svnserve -i --log-file /var/log/svnserve.log -r

I don't understand why it doesn't work.

Isn't it enough to set "anon-access = read" for allowing anonymous reading
access ?
What am I doing wrong ?

Best regards,

Received on 2010-11-10 17:40:10 CET

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