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How to Install and Configure Apache Subversion(SVN) In Linux?

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Apache Subversion (SVN), is a version control system like Git. it is distributed under an open-source license. SVN was created by CollabNet Inc. but now it is developed as a project of the Apache Software Foundation.

Downloading and Installing Apache SVN

Apache Subversion(SVN) can be easily downloaded and installed with the use of the command-line. Following steps provide a step-by-step procedure to install Apache SVN:

Step 1: First, we need to Install the subversion, apache2 and libapache2-svn/libapache2-mod-svn packages.
For this open terminal and type the following command and press Enter:

$ sudo apt install subversion apache2 libapache2-mod-svn

Step 2: Now create a SVN directory, at the root of file system. Type the following command and press Enter:

$ sudo mkdir /svn

Step 3: Now, change the owner’s permission of the directory to the webserver user, www-data by default.

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

Step 4: Now change to superuser by typing this command and then type password

$ sudo su

now switch to www-data user

$ su -s /bin/bash www-data

Step 5: Create a new SVN repository to store files.

$ svnadmin create /svn/repo

Step 6: Now we’ll have to create credentials for User:

$ htpasswd -cmb /svn/passwd admin password

here “admin” is username and “password” is password
Step 7: Now exit from www-data and install Vim editor. Type the following command to install Vim editor:

$ sudo apt-get install vim

Step 8: Open and edit SVN configuration file in sudo mode with the use of following command:

$ sudo vim /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dav_svn.conf

Now, paste the following code in that file:

<Location /repo>
         DAV svn
         SVNPath /svn/repo
         AuthUserFile /svn/passwd
         Require valid-user
         AuthType basic
         AuthName "Subversion"

Now save the file and exit the Vim Editor by using the command :wq
Step 9: Now restart Apache Subversion and you are done with the installation process. Type the following command and press Enter:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart


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Last Updated : 06 Oct, 2021
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