[lug] setting subversion permissions with apache/mod_dav

D. Stimits stimits at comcast.net
Sat Jan 13 19:07:45 MST 2007

I'm working on a subversion repository on CentOS 4.4, and finally got 
past some of the SElinux problems. Now it is able to be read from over a 
web browser on https, and it properly asks for a user name and pass via 
basic auth (non-SSL can't reach that URL).

Here's the oddball problem: Using a command line client, it allows total 
access without caring about user name/pass. It requires user name and 
pass only from a web browser, but not from the svn client. Here's the 

<Location /svn>
   Options Indexes MultiViews
   AllowOverride None
   Order deny,allow
   DAV svn
   SVNParentPath /var/www/svn
   AuthType Basic
   AuthName "Subversion Repository"
   AuthUserFile /etc/passwd-httpd
   AuthGroupFile /etc/group-httpd
   Require group devel

Has anyone here ever set up an svn repository under apache mod_dav, to 
require a password? How did you get the svn client to prompt for user 
name and password? I even deleted all the temp files from 
~/.subversion/auth/svn.ssl.server, and all working copies, so there is 
no chance of it having memorized a name and pass (and in fact the user 
name I'm using on the remote machine is different than the name on the 
server). If I can block access to anyone not having a proper login 
name/pass, it'll be ready for use (at the moment IP tables blocks all IP 
addresses except for mine).

D. Stimits, stimits AT comcast DOT net

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