For some reason, it doesn’t seem to be possible to set up a path for your repository when using subversion as: svn+ssh://server/repos out of the box. So you end up having to specify svn+ssh://server/some/path/repos.
But it really isn’t that hard to do. Here is how I do it. Beware that you’re going to be making system-wide changes to how svnserve operates. The basic idea is to replace svnserve with our own version, that calls the original one with a -r parameter.
cd /usr/bin mv svnserve svnserve.distrib cat > svnserve.my #!/bin/bash # Change this to reflect where your repository really is repos=/home/svnrepos umask 002 /usr/bin/svnserve.distrib -r $repos "$@" # echo $? "$@" >> /tmp/svnserve.params
Now, whenever somebody accesses svn+ssh://server/repos, they’re really accessing /home/svnrepos/repos (which must then exist and be set up etc.)
Being careful about system upgrades
Now we’ve replaced svnserve that comes from the subversion package. Next time there is a new subversion package, our little script will be overwritten by svnserve from the new subversion package. So if we don’t do something else, keep a copy of your little wrapper script. You’ll be needing it periodically as you’ll need to do the above every time the subversion package gets updated. Unless:
Handling subversion package upgrades on dpkg (debian) based systems
Here, dpkg-divert is very handy as it allows us to move some package files “out of the way” like this:
$ sudo dpkg-divert /usr/bin/svnserve Adding `local diversion of /usr/bin/svnserve to /usr/bin/svnserve.distrib'
Now, next time subversion is upgraded with a new one, /usr/bin/svnserve will stay the same, but /usr/bin/svnserve.distrib will get updated and we won’t have to do anything
Please give us a way to do this simply
I don’t understand why this isn’t possible by editing a config file somewhere. Oh, well, this works for me and I guess I have to pick my battles. This isn’t one of them, but now you also know how to do it. It has worked since forever for me.