svnserve allows access to Subversion repositories using Subversion's custom network protocol.
You can run svnserve as a standalone
server process (for clients that are using the
svn:// access method); you can have a daemon
such as inetd or xinetd
launch it for you on demand (also for
svn://), or you can have
sshd launch it on demand for the
svn+ssh:// access method.
Regardless of the access method, once the client has
selected a repository by transmitting its URL,
svnserve reads a file named
conf/svnserve.conf in the repository
directory to determine repository-specific settings such as
what authentication database to use and what authorization
policies to apply. See the section called “svnserve, a custom server” for details of the