[OS X TeX] svnX and Leopard [OT]

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Mon Jun 16 21:21:04 EDT 2008

On Jun 16, 2008, at 8:02 PM, Alan Munn wrote:

> At 3:47 PM -0500 6/16/08, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> On Jun 16, 2008, at 11:36 AM, Alan Munn wrote:
>>> Hi, I sent the following to the subverion list, but noone replied,  
>>> probably because it's too Mac specific.  Since I know some of us  
>>> here use svn, perhaps someone here has encountered this problem  
>>> and knows how to solve it.
>>> I use svnX on Macs to access my repositories using svn+ssh. Now  
>>> with a new machine running OS 10.5.3 I get the following error:
>>> tchs: svnserve: Command not found
>>> svn: Connection closed unexpectedly
>>> I can access the repository from the command line, but not through  
>>> the client.  I've set up a dsa key specifically for subversion,  
>>> and added it to the authorized keys on the server machine. This  
>>> works for two other Macs running 10.4.  (One these machines I use  
>>> sshagent, but I understand this is not required on OS 10.5.
>>> In the authorized keys file on the server side the key for  
>>> subversion includes the prefix "command=/usr/local/bin/svnserve - 
>>> t" .
>>> Should this command  have a path that is to svnserve on the server  
>>> side? (The server is running 10.4, so svn is in /usr/local/bin  
>>> whereas svn is now part of OS 10.5, so on the client machine it's  
>>> in /usr/bin.  Could this be a source of the problem?
>>> Any help much appreciated.
>>> Alan
>> Howdy,
>> I'm pretty much a svn novice but have been using svnX with some  
>> success. You might have to install the recommended svn binaries  
>> obtained from <http://homepage.mac.com/martinott/> but again, note  
>> my novice standing.
> Hi Herb, I also have been using svnX successfully on two other Macs  
> plus the server running Tiger. With Leopard, svn is already included  
> in the system so I don't need to install binaries. Also, the problem  
> doesn't seem to be with the svn binaries themselves, but with svnX  
> and its svn+ssh tunnelling under Leopard, since I can use svn from  
> the command line on the new Mac.

I know that this doesn't help answer your question, but have you  
checked out (no pun intended) Versions? It is a really nice GUI for  
working with subversion. You can download and try out the beta at:


I have been using it for almost two weeks and I have little interest  
in going back to the command line.

-- Gary

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