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I am using a GUI (Syncro for MAC) and SSh. I set the username to "svn" but I am using MY public key to connect. Can someone explain how this would work? I never have to give it my server username. and all commits are registered to user svn Thanks

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You likely put your public key into the ~svn/.ssh/authorized_keys file on the SVN server and configured Syncro to connect to svn@svnserver.com. SSH will then try the private keys it finds in your own ~/.ssh/ directory to see if one fits. If it fits, you are logged in as user svn. That's all.

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