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Subversion + = Proxy Trouble

If you try to access a subversion repository over http while using a 3G connection from you may receive an error message like.

svn: PROPFIND request failed on ‘/repos’ svn: Processing PROPFIND request response failed: Premature end of file. (/repos)

This is because uses a proxy to interecept web traffic on their network.

This proxy does not understand all the commands that are used by subversion.

It is perfectly possible to access subversion repositories through a proxy - just not through the one at

Three only filter traffic on port 80 - the standard web port. Well, at least as far as I can tell that’s all they do.

So if you can set up subversion to access a different proxy - one that does play nice - then you can access your repository over your 3G connection.

Under Linux the subversion proxy settings are in the file:


Just add settings as below:

[global] http-proxy-host = http-proxy-port = 3128 http-proxy-username = nobody http-proxy-password = secret