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New Server Installation, Access File, and Auto-Props

From: Res Pons <pons32_at_hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-12-02 06:17:52 CET

I'm hoping to get some feedback. Couple of months ago we installed
Subversion on a test server but due to time constraints and not having the
budget for newer equipment, we rolled the test server into production and it
became our de facto repository. The server is old, and there's limited disk
space on it. It was set up just to run basic repsitory transactions,
running Apache on a RedHat Linux box.

We received our new Linux Enterprise server which has a Raid system, tons of
disk space, RHLE3.5, latest linux kernel, latest Apache, etc. I downloaded
and installed all the Subversion.rpm files successfully without a hitch.
Both boxes disallow ssh except the administrator. Our users are all on
WinXP machines using either Svn DOS client or Tortoise.

I have already tarred up the old repo, untar, and installed it on the new
server and ran bunch of tests to make sure everything will work. And I
allowed Apache to own all the files as www:www. And managed to login and
check out the entir repo from the DOS client to my desktop. So far, so

I have couple of problems which I'm not certain how to handle and need your
help and feedback please:

1. Both the old and the new servers have different DNS entries and IP
addresses naturally.
Option A: I'm getting ready to migrate repositories over the weekend by
asking users to stop all activity, so I can tar up the old repo, move it to
the new server, untar, test, and bring the new server online. I thought I
ask the users to check in all their working folders, clear out their
desktops, and just check out fresh new code or working folders from the new
repo on Monday. The downside of this option, incomplete code breaking the
builds but then again all activity would stop over the weekend.

Option B: Another option would be to turn off the old server, remove and
point its DNS entry as an alias to point to the new server to make it
seamless to the users? I really prefer not to take down the old server yet
or point its DNS to the new server.

Is there a way or compromise where users can just stop activity, leave their
current working folders intact, and on Monday they just point their
SVN-clients to the new repo and everything magically resolves itself and all
the repository urls in the hidden .svn subdirs magically get replaced with
the new server url? Any ideas to make this easier for both of us; user and

2. I got my access file in conf/ working restricting access and rights. Is
it possible to block access per file rather per directory? There're couple
of files in a directory which contians many subdirectories that only few
authorized users should modify but all other users should have r/w access to
the subdirectories beneath.

3. I'm trying to turn on and enable the auto-props but I don't see
/etc/subversion being created. Do I manually create this directory? Who
should be the owner? Root or www? I copied "config, servers, and
readme.txt" from Windows side to this newly created subdir and tweaked the
config file and set enable-auto-prop=yes and created [auto-close] with file
pattern entries underneath it like so *.txt=keyword=Id. Created a new text
file, checked it in successfully but when I executed "svn proplist
filename..." I did not see the new properties. Could someone please
elaborate on this further. Does Subversion automatically and magically by
default look for /etc/subversion and executes the files? I'm lost and this
part is not working for me.

Thanks in Advance

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