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Getting Subversion to run as a service on Windows 2000

From: Curt Crandall <ccrandall77_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-12-01 18:16:58 CET

I have Subversion 1.2.3 running on Windows 2000 Pro.
Everything seems to be working fine locally, so now I
want to allow access to the repository over the

I already have Apache 1.3.28 running on this server
and I've been discouraged from setting up Apache 2.0
(the box is being used for WAS 5 testing and they
don't want multiple Apache instances on the server)...
so mod_dav_svn is out.

So, I just started up svnserve and it worked fine.
Now, I want svnserve to automatically start. I saw
that in order to do this you need SVNService. I
installed SVNService.exe in the same directory with
the rest of the Subversion executables per
instructions. I started it up with the -d and -r
options and I didn't receive any errors. However, I
could not access my repository via the URL either
locally or remotely.

I ran SNVService in debug mode and received the
Debugging SVNService.
Setting working directory: C:\Program
RegQueryValueEx failed with error 0, type 1
Running command: "C:\Program
Files\Subversion\bin\svnserve.exe" "-d" "-r"

My Google search didn't yield much information... only
2 solid hits. One of them suggested the LocalSystem
account didn't have the correct permissions to access
the repository. I switched the service to use the
Administrator account, but I got the same problem.

I know this isn't directly related to Subversion, but
I was hoping someone hear had run into this issue and
knows of a work around. I'm not a Windows guy (I only
work on *NIX systems until now) and I would've
preferred to run this on Linux, but I don't have much
choice in this situation. I either have to get this
running with Win2000 and svnserve or I have to select
another SCM tool.


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