I cannot checkout from my SVN repo with the following configuration on Ubuntu:


anon-access = none
auth-access = write
password-db = passwd
authz-db = authz

authz content:



kompi = rw
tlevi = rw

david = rw
test = rw

passwd content:

david = aaa
adam = aaa
levi = aaa
test = aaa

my repo is located in /home/kompi/business

I start svnserver with: svnserve -d -r /home/kompi/business --log-file /home/kompi/svnservelog.txt

version is: svnserve, version 1.6.12 (r955767)

and contains a procode subdirectory. I try to checkout with tortoiseSVN, with every user, but I always get an Authorization failed error.

  1. I think, you can (have?) to define some rules for / path in authz file: $authenticated = r isn't too wide
  2. If /home/kompi/business is repo, you started svnserve wrongly: -r option defines root of repository collection and must be parent folder for all and any repository

PS: It's better to troubleshoot svn-related problems in CLI: svn ls /URL/OF/REPO give you more detailed information

  • adding access to the root helped me debug the real problem, which was that I used the wrong URL for checkout. I used the same URL as I use for SVN+SSH, but with svnserve the URL differs – Kompi Jul 31 '13 at 8:41

The real problem was that I used the same checkout URL I used with SVN+SSH


But when you use svnserve, the root of the url becomes your repo, so the correct URL will be:



Have you tried to use something else than TortoiseSVN? I had trouble with it, and to make sure the problem was not TortoiseSVN itself I installed RapidSVN, which worked fine with the same url.

There is definitely something new in TortoiseSVN that does not work with our SVN server. I am not sure what, but they did something, because TortoiseSVN has never failed me before.

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