Installing SVN Server on Fedora Linux

I used Sun Virtual Box before. I’ve just installed Oracle Virtual Box on my old Vista to try Fedora 14. All I had to do was to download x86_64 Network Install CD and go through a minimal installation.

The first hiccup was I needed to eject CD (ISO image) of the virtual machine (VM) when the installer required to reboot the system. Then, I took a snapshot of this minimalistic system, about 1.1GB.

The second hiccup was the network adapter. I could not connect to the Internet. The VM was set up to use NAT by default. I had to change it to bridged. After restarting the VM, I had to run:

/etc/init.d/network restart

And I could connect using putty from my Vista environment.

I prefer to run Subversion with Apache HTTP Server. So;

yum install httpd

yum install httpd dependencies

I’m not a vi fan, so I had to install nano to edit configuration files easily:

yum install nano

To install Subversion on Fedora, they say you can run:

yum install subversion

Yum checks dependencies and you have to accept to install them as well.

yum install subversion dependencies

Also, to glue the two server (SVN and Apache HTTP) install mod_dav_svn:

yum install mod_dav_svn

yum install mod_dav_svn

I’m sure you will find SVN easy to use, and find many sites explaining how to creating a new repository (or repositories, another debate).

cd /the-path-to-svn-repository
#such as /var/www/svn
svnadmin create repo
svn mkdir file:///var/www/svn/repo/project1 -m "Creating project1"

svnadmin create repo

There are many ways to create a layout but I choose to create a directory per project with sub-directories of trunk, branches and tags.

svn mkdir file:///var/www/svn/repo/project1 -m "Creating project1"

Inside your home directory checkout project1 (still empty directory):

cd ~
svn checkout file:///var/www/svn/repo/project1 project1
cd project1
mkdir trunk
mkdir branches
mkdir tags
svn add trunk branches tags
svn commit -m "Initial layout for project1"

svn checkout project1

Now, let’s share our SVN repository with our team members.

cd /etc/httpd/conf.d/
nano subversion.conf
subversion.conf
subversion.conf

For me, main point is to be able to serve SVN repository, so, just define the location and change ownership/permissions on directory for SVN repository.

cd /var/www/svn
chown -R apache.apache repo

The system is ready to be used by team members remotely using SVN clients such as TortoiseSVN. On the command line, it is as easy as:

svn co http://localhost/svn/repo/project1 project1

Later, I may write about Subclipse which adds SVN integration to my favourite PHP IDE, Eclipse PDT.

Happy coding!

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