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Re: Subversion 1.7.2 - Repeated Authentication Attempts

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:49:21 +0100

On Tue, Feb 07, 2012 at 08:52:24AM +0100, Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:
> Am 03.02.2012 12:02, schrieb Frank Jaworski:
> >Hello. We have our subversion repositories linked to a RADIUS server via
> >https. When we access our repository via various SVN clients (TortoiseSVN,
> >CollabNet, etc...), instead of one authentication per session, there is one
> >authentication per action.
>
> According to what I remember from a recent thread here (couldn't
> locate it any more, sorry, but it was ~2..3 weeks ago), this is
> normal behaviour. What you perceive as a "session" just isn't, since
> each operation makes one HTTP request on a separate TCP connection
> and thus requires separate authentication.

Not sure what Frank means when he says "action".

If one action is an update, a commit, and so on, then yes, this is how
Subversion normally works. However it is possible to configure single
sign-on with Apache modules such as mod_auth_kerb which makes
authentication mostly transparent to users.

If you are being asked to authenticate multiple times during the
same operation (such as during one "update"), enabling KeepAlive
and setting a high KeepAliveTimeout in the apache httpd config should
help. This option allows Subversion clients to issue multiple requests
over a single TCP connection. httpd.apache.org/docs/current/mod/core.html#kee
Received on 2012-02-07 10:50:18 CET

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