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From "Bert Huijben" <>
Subject RE: Authentication realm
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:17:14 GMT
Passwords are stored per hostname (+realm), not per working copy like in
your webbrowser, so using a different hostname requires adding a new
username+password in your credential cache.


Storing it in a different way would allow tricking subversion to send the
username and password to any other server.




From: Gavin Baumanis [] 
Sent: vrijdag 30 september 2011 5:14
To: Subversion Users
Subject: Authentication realm


Hi Everyone,


We recently created a DNS entry for our subversion repository.

Prior to this we just use the private LAN IP address to access the repo via
http (Apache)


Post the change to having a hostname to use I created a new branch - and
used the host name to do this.


Subsequently when I perform an svn update I a now prompted for username and
password for the named instance of our repo.

I did some reading in the "good" book.

and used svn switch

(svn switch old_IP_address new_HostName_Address


at the root of my working copy.

svn info confirms that the repo address is now set to the hostname version
of the URL.


However I am still getting prompted for a username and password.

If I enter the "usual" password  - all is good... but the prompt is playing
havoc without Continuous Integration scripts.


Some more reading suggests that I might need to add a new authentication
realm and users via; conf/svnserve.conf


I was hoping that I might just get some confirmation that is indeed what I
need to do - before I go "playing" with the config scripts.


As always - a big thanks for your help.



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