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Old 02-04-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: debian
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[SVN+Apache2] SVNParentPath directive

Hi all !

I followed a tutorial in order to create an svn server. I've installed the SVN packages and the Apache2/WebDAV packages too. SVN repositories are in the /home/svn directory and Apache is configured on port 4000 (router stuff) and with the rights www-data:www-data. The first repository i tried is of course the classic "test"

When i write the code above in my /etc/apache2/conf.d/svn.conf file, everything goes fine:
<Location /test>
  DAV svn
  SVNPath /home/svn/test
The commands i used are:
svn checkout
svn update
svn commit
svn log
All are ok

But where i use the more generic way with this code above, i can only do checkout, but the commit give me an error:
<Location /svn>
  DAV svn
  SVNParentPath /home/svn
With this, the command "svn checkout" works perfectly, but the svn commit give me that:
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: MKACTIVITY of '/svn/test/!svn/act/1ed96515-4aef-0310-83df-877be5a0f52f': 500 Internal Server Error (
I can't find why i've got this error... I've googled around and haven't found anything. Hope someone has an idea?

Old 07-04-2005, 01:18 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Colorado
Distribution: Fedora Core 4
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Commit Error

Did you ever find an answer to this? It looks like your httpd.conf is configured correctly, though I don't know if you have loaded the correct modules. Can you post your commit command syntax so we can see if that is correct?

Thank You,
Old 07-05-2005, 01:16 AM   #3
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: debian
Posts: 187

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It's ok now, i've found the solution when reinstalling my server (because it had crashed... long story )
This message seems to reveal a simple rights problem, maybe just the fact that /home/svn hasn't the www-data user and group.
That's all I can remember for this problem Now I've got a good configuration that even has fine grained authentication, I can do my projects with my friends without any problems (except one wih the case sensitivity between linux and windows...), to sum up: it rocks!

If you've some questions i'd be glad to help you!


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