Sorry for the beginner question. I am trying to set up a SVN server for the first time.

I have the server running but every time I try to checkout I get an error:

No access allowed to this repository

I was able to checkout when I set anon-access to read, but I always want authentication. Here are my config files:


anon-access = none
auth-access = rw
password-db = /home/svn/Blocks/conf/passwd
realm = Team


user = mypass

What could be wrong?

  • Where is your repository? Which URL you're trying to check out? ls -l /home/svn/Blocks/conf/passwd?
    – quanta
    Oct 12, 2011 at 23:33
  • Try: auth-access = write
    – ott--
    Oct 13, 2011 at 1:51
  • I am trying the command: svn co svn://<ip address of server> the ls -l shows the following: -rw------- 1 www-data subversion 24 2011-10-12 20:16 /home/svn/Blocks/conf/passwd I also changed the auth access to write but no luck.
    – Thomas
    Oct 13, 2011 at 23:53

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As far as i know, the auth-access options available are:

  1. none
  2. read
  3. write

There is no rw option, then try to update your svnserve.conf with auth-access write option.

  • I changed the auth-access to write but still no luck. Is there anything else I could check?
    – Thomas
    Oct 13, 2011 at 23:54
  • The repository was created with svnadmin comman? And what is the command that you use for launch your server?
    – Ivan
    Oct 14, 2011 at 13:44

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