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Creating SVN repository on Linux

March 20, 2011

Subversions are mainly used when there are multiple users and sharing/modifying code. I am going to create SVN repositary for Linux Kernel and U-boot images. This article explains how you can setup an SVN repository at home Linux PC.

Follow below steps to setup SVN repository

1. Install Packages

yum install subversion mod_dav_svn

2. Create SVN Parent DIR

mkdir /svn

3. Create repositary repos

svnadmin create /svn/repos

4. Edit config file to add user password and access

gvim /svn/repos/conf/svnserve.conf

Uncomment and modify below line in svnserve.conf

anon-access = none
password-db = passwd
realm = Repos Repository
auth-access = write

Note : In svnserve.conf, you cannot have a space before you set an argument and a variable. It doesn’t find the argument. Open svnserve.conf and delete extra spaces at the beginning of any line.

5. Add users nad Password

gvim /svn/repos/conf/passwd

Add user and password
6. Start SVN Server

svnserve -d --listen-port=3690

Adding files/DIR in new SVN:

1. To check in you first need to set SVN editor

export SVN_EDITOR=gvim

2. Check out parent SVN dir

svn co svn://localhost/svn/repos <Work Folder>

3. create/copy dir or files in same checkedout dir and create required DIR structure and also copy/create files if required to check in into repository

mkdir tmp1
mkdir tmp2

4. add dir in svn

svn add tmp1
svn add tmp2


5. check in files/ svn added dir

cd tmp1;svn ci -m "adding tmp1 DIR"
cd tmp2;svn ci -m "adding tmp2 DIR"

Note: You need to restart svnserve every time you rebootTo avoid it run it as serviceGo to System-->Administration-->Services Select svnserve amd enable itSimilary to stop SVNSERVE use killall svnserve


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