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svnserve (8)


svnserve - Server for the 'svn' repository access method


svnserve [options]


svnserve(8)                 System Manager's Manual                svnserve(8)

       svnserve - Server for the 'svn' repository access method

       svnserve [options]

       svnserve allows access to Subversion repositories using the svn network
       protocol.  It can both run as a standalone server process,  or  it  can
       run  out  of inetd.  You must choose a mode of operation when you start
       svnserve.  The following options are recognized:

       -d, --daemon
            Causes svnserve to  run  in  daemon  mode.   svnserve  backgrounds
            itself  and  accepts and serves TCP/IP connections on the svn port
            (3690, by default).

            Causes svnserve to listen on port when run in daemon mode.

            Causes svnserve to listen on  the  interface  specified  by  host,
            which may be either a hostname or an IP address.

            When used together with -d, this option causes svnserve to stay in
            the foreground.  This option is mainly useful for debugging.

       -i, --inetd
            Causes svnserve to use the stdin/stdout file  descriptors,  as  is
            appropriate for a daemon running out of inetd.

       -h, --help
            Displays a usage summary and exits.

            Print svnserve's version and the repository filesystem back-end(s)
            a particular svnserve supports.

       -r root, --root=root
            Sets the virtual root for repositories served  by  svnserve.   The
            pathname  in URLs provided by the client will be interpreted rela-
            tive to this root, and will not be allowed to escape this root.

       -R --read-only
            Force all write operations through this svnserve  instance  to  be
            forbidden,  overriding  all other access policy configuration.  Do
            not use this option to set general repository access policy - that
            is  what  the  conf/svnserve.conf repository configuration file is
            for.  This option should be used only to  restrict  access  via  a
            certain  method of invoking svnserve - for example, to allow write
            access via SSH, but not via a svnserve  daemon,  or  to  create  a
            restricted SSH key which is only capable of read access.

       -t, --tunnel
            Causes  svnserve  to  run  in  tunnel mode, which is just like the
            inetd mode of operation (serve one connection  over  stdin/stdout)
            except  that  the connection is considered to be pre-authenticated
            with the username of the current uid.  This flag  is  selected  by
            the client when running over a tunnel agent.

            When combined with --tunnel, overrides the pre-authenticated user-
            name with the supplied username.  This is  useful  in  combination
            with  the ssh authorized_key file's "command" directive to allow a
            single system account to be used by multiple committers, each hav-
            ing a distinct ssh identity.

       -T, --threads
            When  running  in  daemon  mode, causes svnserve to spawn a thread
            instead of a process for each connection.   The  svnserve  process
            still backgrounds itself at startup time.

            When  specified,  svnserve  reads filename once at program startup
            and caches the svnserve configuration.  The  password  and  autho-
            rization configurations referenced from filename will be loaded on
            each  connection.   svnserve  will  not  read  any  per-repository
            conf/svnserve.conf  files  when  this  option  is  used.   See the
            svnserve.conf(5) man page for details of the file format for  this

            When specified, svnserve will write its process ID to filename.

       -X, --listen-once
            Causes  svnserve  to  accept one connection on the svn port, serve
            it, and exit.  This option is mainly useful for debugging.

       Unless the --config-file option was specified on the command line, once
       the  client has selected a repository by transmitting its URL, svnserve
       reads a file named conf/svnserve.conf in the  repository  directory  to
       determine  repository-specific  settings  such  as  what authentication
       database to use and what authorization  policies  to  apply.   See  the
       svnserve.conf(5) man page for details of that file format.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |ATTRIBUTE TYPE |        ATTRIBUTE VALUE          |
       |Availability   | developer/versioning/subversion |
       |Stability      | Uncommitted                     |


       Source  code  for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This     software     was    built    from    source    available    at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.   The  original   community
       source was downloaded from  https://www.apache.org/dist/subversion/sub-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://subversion.apache.org/.