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Apache2 + Subversion + SSL install on Debian - HOWTO

From: alan <ALAN.W.THOMPSON_at_saic.com>
Date: 2004-11-03 05:35:45 CET

Hi - I just set up Apache-2.0.51 and Subversion-1.1.1 using SSL
(OpenSSL) on a Debian Linux system after some difficulty. I had
problems with apparent errors in the INSTALL file, which I finally got
sorted out with the help of some old (2003) messages in the mail
archives and a lot of trial and error (I have done about 6 non-ssl
Apache/Subversion installs before trying this install).

Since I didn't see a good HOWTO anywhere, I thought I'd contribute this
concise summary to the list. You may wish to type the following
commands into a short "go.csh" script in the top-level directory of each
source tree, and then execute the script (rather than typing each
command individually). This can be very helpful if you need to tweak
paths, flags, etc for multiple build attempts.

In particular, the usage and interaction of the --enable-ssl,
--with-ssl, and --with-libs flags was not well-documented in either the
INSTALL file or by "./configure --help". Note that the syntax of the
--with-ssl flag is different in the Apache and Subversion builds.

Here are the steps I used, in the order that I executed them:

OpenSSL (http://www.openssl.org):
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
./config
make
make test
make install
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Apache2 (http://httpd.apache.org/):
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
./configure --enable-dav --enable-so --enable-deflate \
  --enable-ssl --with-ssl=/usr/local/ssl
make clean
make
make install
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Subversion (http://subversion.tigris.org/):
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
./configure --with-zlib --enable-ssl --with-ssl \
--with-libs=/usr/local/ssl:/usr/local/ssl/lib:/usr/local/lib:/usr/lib:/lib
make clean
make
make install
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

After building from the three source trees, add the following lines to
the bottom of the Apache httpd.conf file as described in section III.C
of the Subversion INSTALL file (circa line 1056).

      <Location /svn/repos>
          DAV svn
          SVNPath /absolute/path/to/repository
      </Location>

Note that the subversion "make install" command apparently takes care of
putting the following line into httpd.conf:

     LoadModule dav_svn_module modules/mod_dav_svn.so

Also, note that Apache must be started by:

        /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl startssl

(rather than just "apachectl start") in order for https:// addresses to
be accepted.

I hope this helps.
Alan Thompson

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