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Re: svn folder name killing Apache

From: Jan Hendrik <jan.hendrik_at_bigfoot.com>
Date: 2005-01-22 22:32:06 CET

Concerning Re: svn folder name killing Apache
kfogel@collab.net wrote on 21 Jan 2005, 12:14, at least in part:

> "Jan Hendrik" <jan.hendrik@bigfoot.com> writes:
> > Talking with someone about the reasons to abolish SVN here he
> > said how at some point it started that SVN would crash Apache
> > when SVN was installed in a folder named "svn". Renaming it to
> > "subversion" would let start Apache again. Incidentally we had the
> > stuff in "svn" folders, too, a curiosity test here with SVN 113,
> > however, revealed no change here. I think that guy mentioned
> > Apache 2.0.50 or 51, here we run 52.
> If you could get us some details on this, we'd like to know more.
> I can't think of any reason why having Subversion installed in a
> folder named "svn" would be a problem, but I'm not sure precisely what
> is meant by "installed in a folder named 'svn'".
> In short, tell us more...

easier said than done, especially as I could not confirm it
personally but can only rely on hearsay. I'll try to be more precise:

SVN installed in F:\PRG\TOOLS\SVN\;
%path% includes F:\PRG\TOOLS\SVN\BIN;
LoadModule directive in httpd.conf points to
f:/prg/tools/svn/httpd/mod_dav_svn.so (dunno if the guy had it this
way, but that's what I had since long. However, following the book I
copied the modules and intel.dll and libdb42.dll over to the
Apache/modules folder and changed the directive appropriately to
no avail, too);
same for mod_authz_svn.so;
Apache 2.0.54 (I think that guy mentioned 50 or 51);
SVN 1.1.3 (he noticed the weird folder effect with an earlier version);
Win2K SP2;

If now Apache is started it won't according to his saying. But when
he renamed the installation path of SVN and all references to
F:\PRG\TOOLS\SUBVERSION Apache would start w/o problem.

On my machine this renaming had no effect though - Apache never
starts if one of those SVN directives is uncommented, no matter
what the folder name of SVN is. That's how it has been since I
tried to upgrade from 1.0.6 to 1.0.8 and still is so with 1.1.3-2. I
use the ZIP file as the installer has wrecked Apache twice before
and will not be used again (sorry, Jostein). This Apache not
starting contributed about 50% to our decision to stop using SVN.

As client 1.1.3 can at least checkout from the former live repository
(1.0.6) though the output is weird with ASCII 127+ characters
showing as numbers (\xxx\yyy). Even though we have abandoned
SVN I don't dare to touch the setup of the repository machine as
long as we don't have a proven alternative solution working.

Maybe that intl.dll is dependent on the processor? All machines
here have Pentium processors, but only the server a P4. Mine,
e.g., is a plain first generation Pentium 200 MMX; doing mostly
text stuff we don't notice any relevant speed gains with the P4.

Well, Karl, I told you more, but does it have more facts? It's a pity
that it is basically hearsay I could not confirm, but it was a chance
meeting on the train, so I don't know him or if he is on this list. If
he is then it would be nice if he steps forward ...

Jan Hendrik

Freedom quote:

     The state budget must be balanced.
     If the state is not to go bankrupt,
     public debts must be cut back,
     the arrogance of the officials must be curbed and brought under control,
     and payments to foreign governments must be reduced.
                -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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