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Svn server images / appliances / packages

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_apache.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:20:41 +0000

Last December I observed within a blog post [1],

   On Docker Hub [2] the most comprehensive svn server seems to be
   elleflorio/svn-server (http + svnserve). Next is garethflowers/svn-
   server (very simple; svnserve only). None seem to be an enterprise-
   grade installation.

   There are no 'subversion' or 'svn' packages in the SNAP store [3].

The packages we list on http://subversion.apache.org/packages
are all "traditional" desktop/server operating system packages. For svn
server deployments, I feel we are missing some options that admins would
prefer nowadays.

Does anyone here have a good feel for what would be the most widely
useful distribution formats nowadays? Let's say we're talking about an
admin installing a Subversion server for the first time, at a small to
medium sized software development department.

- Docker?
- VM image / appliance?
- Snap / AppImage / FlatPak?
- ...

I want to get a feel for whether we, the Subversion community [4], would
  do well to publish one or more such option.

Currently I just have a gut feeling that we should.

This is about making it easy for admins to set up Subversion in case
they have some desire or need to do so. I say "newly installing"
because I suppose an admin of an existing server is unlikely to change
their installation method. I say a small to medium sized department
because a large organization would more likely do things their own way
regardless of what we provide.

To run a Subversion server for my personal use, I would currently prefer
a Docker image. For use at my work, we would probably choose Debian
packages for production deployment but Docker images for development
projects. But I know I don't have a good feel for what is preferred in
the sysadmin world.


- Julian

[1] https://blog.foad.me.uk/2018/12/07/svn-whats-in-my-head/
[2] https://hub.docker.com/search?q=svn
[3] https://snapcraft.io/search?q=svn
[4] The ASF officially distributes source code only, but a project
community can certainly organise distribution in other forms.
Received on 2019-12-16 16:20:44 CET

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