Saturday, August 8, 2009

Setting up Subversion WebDAV on Fedora

To install subversion on Linux and make it available over Apache, I took the following steps:

Install subversion on Fedora

#yum install subversion

Install mod_dav_svn

yum install mod_dav_svn
Create the SVN Repository

mkdir /svn/repos
svnadmin create /svn/repos/sandbox
Change ownership of the folder to Apache

chown -R apache.apache /svn
Create /svn/repos/sandbox/svnauth file

user1 = rw
user2 = r

Here, user user1 will have read-write access while user user2 will have read-only access to the entire repository.
Create /svn/repos/sandbox/svnpass file

htpasswd -bcm /svn/repos/sandbox/svnpass user1 passwordUser1
htpasswd -bm /svn/repos/sandbox/svnpass user2 passwordUser2

htpasswd has the following usage

htpasswd [-cmdpsD] passwordfile username
htpasswd -b[cmdpsD] passwordfile username password

htpasswd -n[mdps] username
htpasswd -nb[mdps] username password
-c Create a new file.
-n Don’t update file; display results on stdout.
-m Force MD5 encryption of the password.
-d Force CRYPT encryption of the password (default).
-p Do not encrypt the password (plaintext).
-s Force SHA encryption of the password.
-b Use the password from the command line rather than prompting for it.
-D Delete the specified user.
On Windows, NetWare and TPF systems the ‘-m’ flag is used by default.
On all other systems, the ‘-p’ flag will probably not work.
Add the following to your apache config file

DAV svn
SVNPath /svn/repos/sandbox
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Subversion Repository"
AuthUserFile /svn/repos/sandbox/svnpass
Require valid-user
AuthzSVNAccessFile /svn/repos/sandbox/svnauth

Restart Apache

#service httpd restart

Now you can access the above repository using your browser. Simply visit You will be asked for username and password. Use one of the user names and passwords you used above. For example, user1 and passwordUser1.


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  2. Did you checked
    This may help you.
    I will soon post the implementation once I work out on linux.

  3. Guys,

    Do remember that Apache Configuration is under /etc/httpd/conf.d/subversion.conf

  4. hi buddy is this stpes for webserver?

  5. hi man can i cannot find /etc/httpd/conf.d/subversion.conf
    what can i retrive the conf file?