Section: File Formats (5)
svnserve.conf - Repository configuration file for svnserve
controls the behavior of the svnserve
on a per-repository basis. It is located in the conf
subdirectory of the repository.
The overall structure of the file is the same as the structure of
Subversion user configuration files. At the top level are sections,
which are specified by words in square brackets; inside each section
are variable definitions of the form "variable = value". Lines
beginning with '#' are ignored. svnserve.conf currently uses
only one section named "general", and supports the following
- anon-access = none|read|write
Determines the access level for unauthenticated users. write
access allows all repository operations. read access allows all
operations except committing and changing revision properties.
none access allows no access. The default level is read.
- auth-access = none|read|write
Determines the access level for authenticated users, using the same
access levels as above. The default level is write.
- password-db = filename
Sets the location of the password database. filename may be
relative to the repository conf directory. There is no default value.
The password database has the same overall format as this file. It
uses only one section "users"; each variable within the section is a
username, and each value is a password.
- authz-db = path
The authz-db option controls the location of the authorization
rules for path-based access control. path may be
relative to the repository conf directory. path may be a repository
relative URL (^/) or absolute file:// URL to a text file in a Subversion
repository. There is no default value. If you don't specify an authz-db,
no path-based access control is done.
- realm = realm-name
Sets the authentication realm of the repository. If two repositories
have the same password database, they should have the same realm, and
vice versa; this association allows clients to use a single cached
password for several repositories. The default realm value is the
The following example svnserve.conf
allows read access for
authenticated users, no access for anonymous users, points to a passwd
database in the same directory, and defines a realm name.
anon-access = none
auth-access = read
password-db = passwd
realm = My First Repository
The file "passwd" would look like:
joeuser = joepassword
jayrandom = randomjay