You can use “svn checkout svn://hostname.tld/project/” but you can’t check out your projects using svn+ssh:// ?
Let’s clear things, svn+ssh:// doesn’t require svnserve to run on the server as a daemon or through (x)inetd to work.
svn+ssh:// is only doing some kind of scp connection to the server. That’s why you need to USE ABSOLUTE PATH WHEN USING svn+ssh
svn only svn checkout svn://hostname.tld/project/
svn+ssh svn checkout svn+ssh://hostname.told/full/path/to/project/