So I have gone through about a dozen other threads as well as read the http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.8/svn.serverconfig.pathbasedauthz.html I feel like I have tried everything, and either there is anonymous read to the repository url, or I loose read and write access with authenticated users. I must be doing something stupid.

dav_svn.authz file :

    $anonymous =
    name = rw
    * = r
    * = r
    $anonymous =
    $authenticated = rw
    name = rw

my site file:

 <Location /repourl>
            DAV svn
            SVNParentPath /var/lib/svn
            AuthType Basic
            AuthName "Subversion Repository"
            AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd
            <IfModule mod_authz_svn.c>
                    AuthzSVNAccessFile /etc/apache2/dav_svn.authz
            <LimitExcept GET PROPFIND OPTIONS REPORT>
                    Require valid-user

Overall without * = r my authenticated user cannot read or write, but with * = r there is anonymous access, i.e i can navigate to the url and see it. First question, even when * = r comes first, anonnymous users can not access the root '/' to the repository, but can access "MyRepository" even though they have the same settings? Also why would anonymous get access when "$anonymous =" and "Require valid-user". Basically I just need no anonymous access and RW access for the user. I have tried about 100 different combinations of things seeing if any of them would work, I just didn't want to post all the different combinations I have tried. any help is greatly appreciated.

1 Answer 1


I figured it out!!!!!


Should be

<LimitExcept PROPFIND>

propfind will prompt the user for the user name and password instead of just displaying access.

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