My Secret Life as a Spaghetti Coder
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Today, I finally got around to taking off that "install SVN server" that's been lurking on my to-do list for a couple of months. First, I happened to remember the Mere-Moments Guide that I had read about somewhere, long ago. That was helpful, but Rob Gonda's repost of it was a bit better, since he posted the, which was dead in the original post.

But, what I wish I had really found first was Charlie Arehart's list of Subversion resources. In particular, the Less Than Mere-Moments Installation of Subversion utility caught my eye.

In any case, as promised by Rob, the setup took less than 30 minutes. But, I spent a little time figuring out two things that I'm going to post so I remember them easier (sorry to any authors who may have also posted this, I didn't go through Charlie's list of resources since I had already got it working to my needs):
  • In the configuration files, whitespace before the property in question matters. Took me a moment to figure out why simply uncommenting the lines in question wasn't working, but removing the whitespace did it for me.
  • I didn't think the in-file documentation was especially clear regarding how to limit access to certain projects to certain users, so I'll describe my scenario:

    Lil' José Ramirez needs access to all the projects, while his cousin Joe Bob needs access to only one project. Each of them should have a password and username as set in the conf/passwd directory. So here it is (this was straightforward, minus the whitespace issue):

    jramirez = password!
    joebob = pword2

    Then, in the conf/authz file, I have this:

    #root folder
    jramirez = rw
    * =

    joebob = rw
    jramirez = rw * =
As far as I can tell, jramirez needs to be put in each project, otherwise it only lets him use unprotected directories. I know it's really simple, but like I said, I didn't think the directions were as easy as they might have been.

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FYI - if you are running one of the 1.4 releases of Subversion - you no longer need the svnservice - it's built into Subversion...

Posted by Jim on Feb 27, 2007 at 07:57 PM UTC - 6 hrs

Thanks for the tip Jim!

Posted by Sam on Mar 01, 2007 at 06:50 AM UTC - 6 hrs

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