How to setup SVN server on Ubuntu 14.04

How to setup SVN server on Ubuntu 14.04

Purpose – To setup a basic SVN server on ubuntu 14.04 OS

Ubuntu 14.04 OS installed

Procedure – 

Step1: Install the subversion package from the repository
sudo apt-get install subversion
Step2: Verify the version of the subversion package that is installed
$ dpkg-query –show subversion
subversion 1.8.8-1ubuntu3.1
Step3: Create a new group and user id for accessing the svn repository
$ sudo groupadd svn
$ cat /etc/group | grep svn
$ sudo useradd svn -g svn -c “svn user” -p svn
$ cat /etc/passwd | grep svn
svn:x:1002:1002:svn user:/home/svn:
Step4: Now create a svn home directory and repository directory for the project
$ sudo mkdir -p /opt/subversion/svn
$ sudo svnadmin create /opt/subversion/svn/repos
Step5: Change the ownership on the repos directory to svn group and user svn
$cd /opt/subversion/svn
$sudo chown -R svn:svn repos
Step6: Set the group id to svn so that any new files added into the repos directory have proper permission
$cd /opt/subversion/svn/
$sudo chown -R svn:svn repos
Step7: Install and configure the apache http server
$sudo apt-get install libapache2-svn
$ sudo apt-get install apache2
Edit the below file as shown if not already present
$ vi /etc/apache2/mods-available/dav_svn.load
# Depends: dav
LoadModule dav_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/
LoadModule dav_svn_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/
Edit the below file for creating apache virtual host as shown below
$ vi /etc/apache2/mods-available/dav_svn.conf
Update the /etc/apache2/mods-available/dav_svn.conf file as below
  <Location /svn>
     DAV svn
     SVNParentPath /opt/subversion/svn
     SVNListParentPath On
     AuthType Basic
     AuthName "Subversion Repository"
     AuthUserFile /etc/subversion/passwd
     Require valid-user
Step8: Install the below package for using the htpasswd utility
$ sudo apt-get install apache2-utils
Step9: Add user svn for accessing the repository into /etc/subversion/passwd
$sudo htpasswd -cm /etc/subversion/passwd svn
Additional users could be added without using the 'c' option
Step10: Restart the apache service
$ sudo service apache2 restart
Step11: Access the repository using the below url
Step12: Check out and Check in files to the repository as below
$ sudo svn checkout http://localhost/svn/repos
$ echo “Hello world” > Hello.txt
$ sudo svn add Hello.txt
$ sudo svn commit Hello.txt -m “commiting test file”

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