Request: Document "--pid-file" parameter
maddes_svnlists at arcor.de
Wed Aug 15 17:10:39 CDT 2007
Hello authors and contributors,
I'm missing a paragraph about svnserve's "--pid-file <filepath>"
parameter in the book.
When the parameter is used, then svnserve writes its own process id into
the given file.
The user under which svnserve runs must be allowed to write to the given
The parameter works correctly on Unix/Linux and Windows.
I tested on Debian 4.0 and on XP SP2 with Subversion 1.4.
It's a useful parameter when implementing Subversion into the System V
I wrote myself a Debian init script for Subversion (available at
As I used an extra user for Subversion (not root) I had to create a
svnserve folder in /var/run and set its owner to the svnserve user.
Matthias "Maddes" Bücher
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