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From Stefan Sperling <>
Subject Re: cannot connect to svnserve locally and remotely
Date Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:35:14 GMT
On Thu, Sep 04, 2014 at 09:20:39PM -0700, James wrote:
> I got latest subversion setup on my latest Fedora  20. 
> I created repository. 
> I modified the svnserve.conf file and the passwd file in that repository.
> I modified the firewall to open 3690 to public for TCP.
> The svnserve.service is running. but I got E000013 error when I try to connect to it
with svn protocol locally (the same machine) and remotely. The error message is this:
> $svn co svn://devserver/Playground Playground --username bowing
> svn: E000013: Unable to connect to a repository at URL 'svn://devserver/Playground'
> svn: E000013: Can't open file '/home/svn/Playground/format': Permission denied
> The svnserve is running:
> $systemctl status svnserve.service
> svnserve.service - Subversion protocol daemon
>    Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/svnserve.service; enabled)
>    Active: active (running) since Fri 2014-09-05 00:10:29 EDT; 2min 16s ago
>   Process: 1111 ExecStart=/usr/bin/svnserve --daemon --pid-file=/run/svnserve/
$OPTIONS (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
>  Main PID: 1129 (svnserve)
>    CGroup: /system.slice/svnserve.service
>            └─1129 /usr/bin/svnserve --daemon --pid-file=/run/svnserve/
-r /home/svn
> how to diagnosis the issue? how to fix it?
> Thanks,
> James

The user svnserve runs as needs read/write access to the repository.

Use chmod(1) to fix acess permissions and chown(1) to fix ownership.
Or perhaps use some SELinux tools to adjust access permissions (I don't
know which commands to use in that case).

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