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From James McCoy <>
Subject Re: Bug#878218: libserf-1-1: Subversion error E120171 with libserf 1.3.9-3
Date Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:35:05 GMT
On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 10:51:59AM +0200, Falko Matthies wrote:
> I have a small issue. It looks like that the serf lib is the reason, why
> subversion does not work anymore while
> accessing HTTPS repositories.
> I am using
> - the current debian testing (buster) amd64
> - subversion 1.9.7-2 (r1800392) with libserf 1.3.9-3 (no self compiled
> packages, only distribution packages) and
> - beanstalkapp as a repository provider
> I cant access (update/checkout/list/whatever) my subversion repository anymore.
> Everytime i call a subversion command i
> get following error message:
> > svn: E170013: Unable to connect to a repository at URL
> ''
> > svn: E120171: Error running context: An error occurred during SSL
> communication
> If i replace the package libserf-1.3.9-3 by libserf-1.3.9-1 (and nothing else)
> everything works fine.

1.3.9-1 is linked against libssl1.0.2, but 1.3.9-3 is linked against

> I dont get any
> errors anymore. Also curl works fine.

curl is also linked against libssl1.0.2.

> Maybe there is a bug in the current
> libserf 1.3.9-3 version?

Quoting libssl1.1's NEWS.Debian.gz:

  By default the minimum supported TLS version is 1.2. If you still need to
  talk to applications that only support TLS 1.0 you should configure the
  application to set the minimum supported version.

Ideally, your beanstalk server could be reconfigured to support TLS1.2.

However, I also don't see a way to tell svn or serf what TLS versions it
will accept from the server.

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