When I am connected to mysvnserver using the repo browser (TortoiseSVN), I do not see an open connection when I perform a netstat on the mysvnserver box and grep for my computer. What is the behavior? Does it download an index file and cache it locally so that I don't need a persistent connection to the svn server? Why then do I see many other computers connected to that server using the svn protocol? What operation would cause a stateful connection? Is it only check in/commit and check out?