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       svnserve - Server for the ’svn’ repository access method


       svnserve [options]


       svnserve allows access to Subversion repositories using the svn network
       protocol.  It can both run as a standalone server process,  or  it  can
       run  out  of inetd.  You must choose a mode of operation when you start
       svnserve.  The following options are recognized:

       -d, --daemon
            Causes svnserve to  run  in  daemon  mode.   svnserve  backgrounds
            itself  and  accepts and serves TCP/IP connections on the svn port
            (3690, by default).

            Causes svnserve to listen on port when run in daemon mode.

            Causes svnserve to listen on  the  interface  specified  by  host,
            which may be either a hostname or an IP address.

            When used together with -d, this option causes svnserve to stay in
            the foreground.  This option is mainly useful for debugging.

       -i, --inetd
            Causes svnserve to use the stdin/stdout file  descriptors,  as  is
            appropriate for a daemon running out of inetd.

       -h, --help
            Displays a usage summary and exits.

            Print svnserve’s version and the repository filesystem back-end(s)
            a particular svnserve supports.

       -r root, --root=root
            Sets the virtual root for repositories served  by  svnserve.   The
            pathname  in  URLs  provided  by  the  client  will be interpreted
            relative to this root, and will not  be  allowed  to  escape  this

       -R --read-only
            Force  all  write  operations through this svnserve instance to be
            forbidden, overriding all other access policy  configuration.   Do
            not use this option to set general repository access policy - that
            is what the conf/svnserve.conf repository  configuration  file  is
            for.   This  option  should  be used only to restrict access via a
            certain method of invoking svnserve - for example, to allow  write
            access  via  SSH,  but  not  via a svnserve daemon, or to create a
            restricted SSH key which is only capable of read access.

       -t, --tunnel
            Causes svnserve to run in tunnel mode,  which  is  just  like  the
            inetd  mode  of operation (serve one connection over stdin/stdout)
            except that the connection is considered to  be  pre-authenticated
            with  the  username  of the current uid.  This flag is selected by
            the client when running over a tunnel agent.

            When  combined  with  --tunnel,  overrides  the  pre-authenticated
            username   with   the   supplied  username.   This  is  useful  in
            combination with the ssh authorized_key file’s "command" directive
            to   allow  a  single  system  account  to  be  used  by  multiple
            committers, each having a distinct ssh identity.

       -T, --threads
            When running in daemon mode, causes svnserve  to  spawn  a  thread
            instead  of  a  process for each connection.  The svnserve process
            still backgrounds itself at startup time.

            When specified, svnserve reads filename once  at  program  startup
            and  caches  the  svnserve  configuration  and  any  passwords and
            authorization configuration referenced  from  filename.   svnserve
            will  not  read  any  per-repository conf/svnserve.conf files when
            this option is  used.   See  the  svnserve.conf(5)  man  page  for
            details of the file format for this option.

            When specified, svnserve will write its process ID to filename.

       -X, --listen-once
            Causes  svnserve  to  accept one connection on the svn port, serve
            it, and exit.  This option is mainly useful for debugging.

       Unless the --config-file option was specified on the command line, once
       the  client has selected a repository by transmitting its URL, svnserve
       reads a file named conf/svnserve.conf in the  repository  directory  to
       determine  repository-specific  settings  such  as  what authentication
       database to use and what authorization  policies  to  apply.   See  the
       svnserve.conf(5) man page for details of that file format.