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Can I authenticate to Subversion using ssh?

From: David Aldrich <david.aldrich.ntml_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:46:44 +0000


We run a Jenkins job that lists the branches and tags of a certain svn
repository by running 'svn ls'.

The command, of course, requires svn authentication and so a password must
be provided. Jenkins has a svn plugin which allows it to check out from
svn repositories, using stored credentials, before running a job. As far
as I know, the job itself can't access those credentials. The job script
could provide the password but that is very insecure. I have gotten around
this in the past by using gnome keyring, but I find that very hard to
install on a headless server, so I have a problem of how to provide the

So my question is: is it possible to authenticate to svn, i.e. run svn
commands, using ssh key-based authentication instead of using a password?

If so, can you point me in the right direction please?

Best regards
Received on 2021-01-19 10:47:10 CET

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