SVN Server on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Web Access

To install SVN server, run this command at the command prompt:

sudo apt-get install subversion libapache2-svn apache2

Make the directory where you want to keep the svn repositories and edit the dav_svn.conf file:

sudo mkdir /svn
sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dav_svn.conf

Delete all the data and make it simple like this 🙂

<Location /svn>
DAV svn
SVNParentPath /svn
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Subversion Repository"
AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd
Require valid-user

To create a svn user , use the following command:

sudo htpasswd -cm /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd arbab

We only need to use the –c option for the FIRST TIME, when you create a user, after that you will only use the -moption.

Move to the folder, where you want to keep your repositories and create your first repository:

cd /svn
sudo svnadmin create test_repo

Make sure you set the permissions of the /svn directory to apache with the following command:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /svn

Restart the apache2 service:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

On Windows machine, Right-Click  and select the SVN Checkout, inside the directory where we want to store the working copy (In my case, it’s on desktop).

01Enter the repository’s URL and click OK, it will be prompted for a login and password.  Enter the login informationand click OK.

02We shall receive a screen that looks like this:

03Create some test file inside the checkout repository, Right-Click and Select the SVN Commit:

04Enter the comments that describe the purpose of this commit:

05It will be prompted for a login and password.  Enter the login information and click OK.

06The result of the commit will appear in a dialog window.

07Congrats! now we have a working SVN server on Ubuntu 12.04 🙂



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