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konzo 01-03-2011 03:30 PM

SVN wandisco server
Hi all,

i am not sure that this post belongs here or have to be in server part of the forum. So..

I want to install svn server at my server and i choose wandisco as it has most results in google :) This is my first meeting with svn.

I reg and download a script from their web site and installed it successfully. The problem is now what?

I will use tortoise svn as client but how to configure the server for my site?

Google didn't give me helpful information about that. Any hints, links, etc.

Thanks in advance!

acid_kewpie 01-04-2011 08:31 AM

I would suggest just using the default svn server, which will be available in apt if you're using Debian here. You'll find a lot more community support available.

You might also prefer to skip subversion totally use look at using git instead, which seems likely to supersede svn as svn did with cvs (although svn was a deliberate replacement of cvs, unlike git)

svn can be, well I found it to be, confusing becuase of the simplicity of it. I was expecting there to be a lot more to the basic functionality so was stuck when I couldn't find it. It's much more in HOW you use it and how well you understand the use cases etc.

ianwild 01-10-2011 06:53 AM


The WANdisco binaries are distributed via the package manager too (yum, aptitude etc). The script that is provided for WANdisco binaries simply updates the sources so that the our Subversion binaries are installed rather than the distributions default ones. This means you get the most up-to-date version of Subversion rather than the older packages from the OS. We've also provided a bit more sample config and hopefully enough information to make set-up easier (In this case it seems perhaps not...)

Konzo, you haven't said which Linux flavour you're installing on so it's a little tough for me to help you with the specific setup steps you need next, but if you let me know I can offer some further instruction (or point you at the relevant documentation). Subversion isn't hard to setup and use in any case, so it should be uncomplicated for me to help you further.

Git and Subversion are certainly different tools and in my opinion are suited to different applications and methodologies. While Git is undoubtedly flavour of the month in some quarters, I'd argue strongly that it isn't set to replace Subversion at any point in the foreseeable future for many shops. This thread probably isn't the best place for that long running debate though :p.

As I say Konzo, lets have a bit more information about what you're using and what you've done so far and I'll be more than happy to help if no one else does first.

Best Wishes,

Ian Wild
WANdisco Subversion Support

ianwild 01-10-2011 07:12 AM

Meh - I see from your profile that you're using Debian, in which case you should have been able to install the server via Aptitude when you ran the installer script. Do you remember answering the question regarding this (The script provides the option to only install the client rather than the server)?

If so, Subversion should be installed and available already and you just need to configure a few things in /etc/apache2/mods-available/dav_svn.conf and restart Apache. That file itself has a fair bit of help, and this is all standard stuff so the documentation at should help. The final section of the first chapter of the Subversion Book has a pretty good quickstart guide.

Do give us a shout if you need any further assistance though.

Best Wishes,

WANdisco Support

konzo 01-12-2011 01:18 AM

Thanks for the answers guys!

I am using tortoise client on windows and I want to configure svn in my server in order to be able to sync .xls, .mm(FreeMind), text files and maybe other. I don't know it will work(I am not sure that svn is for text only), but I will try.

I use Debian on my server where I want to configure svn. Is it possible to password protect the repository?

I am at research phase and want to know what will work for me. Then I will read some docs, part of the svn book and will configure the desired svn.

ianwild 01-13-2011 04:58 AM

Hi Konzo,

There should be no problem in versioning those file types with Subversion. For non text files Subversion won't allow the following, but everything else is basically the same as with a text file:

- Automatically merging received changes with local changes during an svn update or svn merge
- Display differences as part of svn diff command
- Display line-by-line attribution for svn blame

To get this set-up you will need to edit the /etc/apache2/mods-available/dav_svn.conf and uncomment the relevant options to enable SVN. You can also password protect the repository here using the same mechanism that Apache uses for password protecting websites. It's all well documented but of course if you need specific help do feel free to ask.

Best Wishes,

Ian Wild
WANdisco Support

StewieNx 02-13-2013 10:38 AM

Wandisco svnserve gone
Hello all,

I just recently install wandisco subversion package 1.7 on centos 6 becuase the subversion on my box was out dated 1.6. When I did this I realized that svnserve dissapperd in the /etc/init.d/.

Am i missing something here. Should this not be showing up?

IF so any idea on how to get it back?

konzo 02-14-2013 02:11 PM

Hey, StewieNx, a general rule is not to write on treads older that 1 year. Start a new one. You will get more answers and help in that way, since more people are watching unanswered threads.

I didn't use CentOS before, but it has package manager - yum, I think. Try to read documentation for it. It worth to invest time and knowledge to this. It should have a package for your OS and installing it will be easy.

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