Connecting to a SVN Repository Fails with svn: E170001: Negotiate authentication failed: No valid credentials provided

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Connection to SVN repository fails.

The following appears in the atlassian-fisheye.log:

2014-12-25 12:00:00,000 WARN  [qtp31304708-128 ection-1379011039211] fisheye SvnRepositoryTester-getServerRootURL - Unable to get Repository Root URL for Repository:
2014-12-25 12:00:00,001 ERROR [qtp31304708-128 ection-1379011039211] fisheye SvnRepositoryTester-pingAndValidateAccess - Exception getting FishEye access control
com.cenqua.fisheye.rep.RepositoryClientException: org.tigris.subversion.javahl.ClientException: svn: E170001: Negotiate authentication failed: 'No valid credentials provided'


The bundled SVNKit used by Fisheye needs Basic Authentication to be enabled in SVN Server.


Enable Basic Authentication in SVN Server by following these steps:

Steps provided are to be considered a guideline. Please adapt them to fit your environment. For more information please visit: .


  1. First, create a password file and grant access to users Alice and Bob:

    $ ### First time: use -c to create the file
    $ ### Use -m to use MD5 encryption of the password, which is more secure
    $ htpasswd -c -m /etc/svn-auth.htpasswd alice
    New password: *****
    Re-type new password: *****
    Adding password for user alice
    $ htpasswd -m /etc/svn-auth.htpasswd bob
    New password: *******
    Re-type new password: *******
    Adding password for user bob
  2. Add some more directives inside the <Location> block to tell Apache how to use the password file:

    <Location /svn>
      DAV svn
      SVNParentPath /var/svn
      # Authentication: Basic
      AuthName "Subversion repository"
      AuthType Basic
      AuthUserFile /etc/svn-auth.htpasswd

Last modified on Jul 31, 2018

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