Yesterday I installed subversion on a Debian server again and I had too look for some guidance in the web again. This time I decided to write it down for myself.
I installed the following packages with aptitude:
sudo aptitude install libapache2-svn subversion subversion-tools
Afterwards the needed modules were already enabled in my apache2 configuration – I looked in /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/ and saw dav.load, dav_svn.conf and dav_svn.load linked. All I had to do was to create a repository by using svnadmin:
sudo svnadmin create /var/lib/svn/main (you may choose whatever directory you like)
and configure the access path in my apache2 configuration:
AuthName "Subversion repositories"
I created some users with
htpasswd and wrote them to the configured file
/var/www/.svnusers. After loading the apache2 configuration I was able to connect and use the repository. I made www-data (the user under which apache2 runs) the owner of the repository and its files.
If you want more detailed configuration of access permissions have a look at the
AuthzSVNAccessFile configuration directive.