Subversion notes (on Ubuntu 10.10, anyway)

Creating a new repository

sudo svnadmin create PATH_TO_REPOSITORY

if on a network filesystem, add:


Make sure it's owned by the webserver. On Ubuntu:

sudo chown -R www-data:subversion PATH_TO_REPOSITORY

Setting up a subversion repository over http / https: edit /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dav_svn.conf and add something like this:

<Location /svn/REPO_NAME>
  DAV svn
  SVNPath /home/svn/REPO_NAME
  AuthType Basic
  AuthName "papers repository on MY_SERVER"
  AuthUserFile /etc/subversion/REPO_NAME-passwd
  Require valid-user

then you have to go create the password file mentioned above in AuthUserFile:

sudo htpasswd -c /etc/subversion/REPO_NAME-passwd USERNAME

Adding users to a pre-existing htpassword file

sudo htpasswd /etc/subversion/REPO_NAME-passwd USERNAME

Then restart Apache to bring it all up:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart