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Version Control with Subversion, 2nd Edition by Brian W. Fitzpatrick, Ben Collins-Sussman, C. Michael Pilato

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The svnserve Server

Why you might want to use it:
  • Quick and easy to set up.

  • Network protocol is stateful and noticeably faster than WebDAV.

  • No need to create system accounts on the server.

  • Password is not passed over the network.

Why you might want to avoid it:
  • By default, only one authentication method is available, the network protocol is not encrypted, and the server stores clear text passwords. (All these things can be changed by configuring SASL, but it’s a bit more work to do.)

  • No logging of any kind, not even errors.

  • No built-in web browsing. (You’d have to install a separate web server and repository browsing software to add this.)

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