svnserve(8)                                                        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.

       -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.

       -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.

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

       Once the client has selected a  repository  by  transmitting  its  URL,
       svnserve reads a file named conf/svnserve.conf in the repository direc-
       tory to determine repository-specific settings such as what authentica-
       tion database to use and what authorization policies to apply.  See the
       svnserve.conf(5) man page for details of that file format.


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