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

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svnserve over SSH

Why you might want to use it:
  • The network protocol is stateful and noticeably faster than WebDAV.

  • You can take advantage of existing SSH accounts and user infrastructure.

  • All network traffic is encrypted.

Why you might want to avoid it:
  • Only one choice of authentication method is available.

  • There is no logging of any kind, not even errors.

  • It requires users to be in the same system group, or use a shared SSH key.

  • If used improperly, it can lead to file permission problems.

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