svnserve - Server for the 'svn' repository access method
- svnserve [options]
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
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
- 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
- -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 relative to this root, and will not be allowed to escape this
- -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 username 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 having 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 authorization 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 option.
- When specified, svnserve will write its process ID
- -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
man page for details of that file format.