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Running from inetd

For the svn:// protocol, you'll want to add a line to /etc/inetd.conf to start svnserve automatically, something like this:

svn stream tcp nowait my_svn_user /usr/bin/svnserve svnserve -i -r /srv/svn

Where /srv/svn is where your shared repositories live (so users don't have to have /srv/svn included in their URLs), and my_svn_user is a user with permission to read and write the repositories. You'll probably want to create a user specifically for running the svnserve service.

After editing /etc/inetd.conf you run

# update-inetd --enable svn

The idea of -r is twofold:

  1. Makes URLs shorter.
  2. Makes sure remote users can only get into a designated part of your Unix filesystem.

Note: if you are looking for a tutorial about subversion client usage, look at SmallSVNTutorial