How To Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 / Linux Mint 18

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Subversion, widely known as SVN, is open source version control system used for storing the historical changes of source file and documents and manages it over a period of time.

This post helps you to setup SVN on Linux Mint 19 / Linux Mint 18.

Install WebServer

Update the repository index.

sudo apt-get update

Here we will install Apache server as a web server for the SVN repository.

sudo apt-get install -y apache2 apache2-utils

Verify the Apache web server by visiting

http://your.ip.add.ress
Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 - Apache Test Page
Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 – Apache’s Test Page

Install Apache Subversion

Once the Apache is installed, issue the following command to install subversion.

sudo apt-get install -y subversion subversion-tools libapache2-mod-svn

Configure Apache Subversion

Once the installation is done, you can start to create repositories as per the requirements. In my case, I am creating /svn as the base and will create the repository in it.

sudo mkdir /svn

Create the repository called “testrepo”.

sudo svnadmin create /svn/testrepo

Change the permission of the repository in such a way that Apache can read and write.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /svn/testrepo/

Configure virtual host in Apache.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dav_svn.conf

Place the following content.

<Location /svn>
     DAV svn
     SVNParentPath /svn
     AuthType Basic
     AuthName "Subversion Repository"
     AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd
     Require valid-user
</Location>

Create a password file for the user. Replace raj with your username.

sudo htpasswd -cm /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd raj

Restart the apache server.

sudo service apache2 restart

Access the SVN using the browser, URL will be

http://your.ip.add.ress/svn/testrepo

You will be asked to enter the username and password.

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Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 - Apacahe SVN Authentication
Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 – Apache SVN Authentication

Upon successful login, contents will be listed as below.

Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 - Apache SVN Revision 0
Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 – Apache SVN Revision 0

Check out the files contained within the repository to the testing directory, create a directory called svncheckout.

mkdir svncheckout
svn checkout http://192.168.1.10/svn/testrepo --username raj svncheckout/

The output will be like below.

Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 - SVN Checkout
Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 – SVN Checkout

You can create some test files in the checkout directory.

cd svncheckout/
touch checkout1.txt
touch checkout2.txt

Add the files for committing.

svn add checkout1.txt checkout2.txt

Output:

A         checkout1.txt
A         checkout2.txt

Commit the added files.

You can mention the commit message with -m option.
svn commit -m 'First Revision'

Output:

Adding         checkout1.txt
Adding         checkout2.txt
Transmitting file data ..done
Committing transaction...
Committed revision 1.

Committed files can be viewed in the browser.

Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 - Apache SVN Revision 1
Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 – Apache SVN Revision 1

That All. You can also use SVN clients such as TortoiseSVN for windows and RapidSVN for Linux.

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