Subversion Repository

17 04 2010

I’ve been working on a number of personal projects lately and need a reliable, fast and possibly multi-user source control. There are many of options available, but for me VS.NET integration is a must. Without focusing too much on my rational for choosing SVN, there are two fairly mature and rich VS.NET providers; AnkhSVN and VisualSVN. I use VisualSVN and it rocks.

Follows is the fastest path to getting a repository up and running over the native SVN protocol (which by default listens on port 3690).

  1. Download pre-built binaries from CollabNet (I had TortoiseSVN compatibility issues with other distributions such as SlikSVN).
  2. Create the repository: svnadmin create “c:\svn\repository”
  3. Edit conf/snvserve.conf. Uncomment the lines (anon-access = read, auth-access = write, password-db = passwd)
  4. Edit conf/passwd. Register users and their passwords here.
  5. Register Windows services (daemon): sc create svnserver binpath= "C:\Program Files (x86)\CollabNet\Subversion Server\svnserve.exe –service -r c:\svn\repository"
    displayname= "Subversion" depend= Tcpip start= auto

That’s it! Just connect to svn://localhost using TortoiseSVN and/or the other VS.NET providers. Remember to open up port 3690 to make the repository available over a network.

I find setting up the TTB (tags/trunk/branches) style structure initially pays off downstream, when activity like tagging or branching starts taking place.

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30 05 2010
Ravinesh Lal

If you don’t want to go through the pain of hosting the SVN repository, you can use an on line one for free.

Unfuddle is excellent for up to 2 developers.

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