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Also make sure needed record in table user has empty plugin field (there can be, for example, "unix_socket"). Since version 5.5.7 mysql has various auth plugins support https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/authentication-plugins.html So if you have non-empty plugin field then password would be ignored and there would be warning at mysql error log (for ...


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The cleanest answer to the original question is to run the command: adduser subversion --shell=/bin/false And if you don't want the home directory either: adduser subversion --shell=/bin/false --no-create-home or, if you want an even more locked down system user (also will not create a home directory) adduser subversion --system --group All these ...



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