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RE: Problem installing Subversion 1.5.4

From: Don Ellis <Don.Ellis_at_thomsonreuters.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:32:36 -0600

Thanks for getting back to me. I wanted to test Subversion before
getting connected to our real production server. Since that ended up
going nowhere, I've gotten a production Subversion account and I'm
working with users in an adjacent department. All the same, I'd like to
know more about how to set up a server and get it going, so this request
continues to be relevant.
In the end, I think the Subversion Web site will be the greatest
beneficiary of this exchange, since the install instructions seem to
need a bit of updating/reconciling.
--Don Ellis


From: Jack Repenning [mailto:jackrepenning_at_tigris.org]
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 7:24 PM
To: Don Ellis
Cc: feedback_at_tigris.org
Subject: Re: Problem installing Subversion 1.5.4


Unfortunately, this list (feedback_at_tigris.org) can't help you here. Each
of the projects on Tigris maintains its own help and developers lists.
I've looked over your messages, and it appears to me that the most
appropriate place to ask these questions would be
users_at_subversion.tigris.org. I'll forward your messages there; hopefully
someone will be able to help.

I apologize, as well, for taking so long to forward -- been away for the

On Dec 30, 2008, at 10:15 AM, Don Ellis wrote:

        As you probably anticipated by my notes so far, I tried testing
the resulting configuration, and got this message:

                C:\Program Files\Apache Software
Foundation\Apache2.2>bin\httpd --test
                httpd: Syntax error on line 116 of C:/Program
Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/conf/httpd.conf: Cannot load
C:/Program Files/Apache Software
Foundation/Apache2.2/modules/mod_dav_svn.so into server: The specified
procedure could not be found.

        I see the files there (and they weren't there before I put them
there). Is there something else I'm missing, or something you haven't
told me? I've used several different readme files - one that seems most
informative is
        where I see the info:

                Edit Apache's configuration file (usually C:\Program
Files\Apache Group\Apache2\conf\httpd.conf) with a text editor such as
Notepad and make the following changes:

                Uncomment (remove the '#' mark) the following lines:

                #LoadModule dav_fs_module modules/mod_dav_fs.so
                #LoadModule dav_module modules/mod_dav.so

                Add the following two lines to the end of the LoadModule

                LoadModule dav_svn_module modules/mod_dav_svn.so
                LoadModule authz_svn_module modules/mod_authz_svn.so

        That last bit about adding two lines at end of LoadModule is
where the server test is failing.
        --Don Ellis


        From: Don Ellis
        Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:33 AM
        To: 'feedback_at_tigris.org'
        Subject: RE: Problem installing Subversion 1.5.4
        Ok, after I sent that last message, I found this tidbit:

                D. Installing from a Zip or Installer File under
                      Of all the ways of getting a Subversion client,
this is the
                      easiest. Download a Zip (*.zip) or
self-extracting installer
                      (*-setup.exe) file from:
        When I went to that page, found an installer with the warning:

                Windows binaries - ATTENTION!: The mod_dav_svn binaries
                here are NOT compatible with Apache 2.2 --
                see the Windows Apache 2.2.x folder.

        Then, a little further down, I found this line. Version 1.5.3
instead of 1.5.4, but an installer seems to be present. I will test it
and let you know if there are further problems.

                ebswift <mailto:ebswift_at_tigris.org> on Tuesday, October
14, 2008 at 1:57:50 PM
                7.04 mB
                Windows MSI installer with the basic
                win32 binaries - includes bindings
                for Apache 2.0x and 2.2x



        From: Don Ellis
        Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 9:01 PM
        To: 'feedback_at_tigris.org'
        Subject: Problem installing Subversion 1.5.4
        In Chapter 3 of the subversion guide which describes installing
the Subversion server to run under Apache(
#tsvn-serversetup-apache-3 ),
        I see the instructions below, under "Installing Subversion". I
have downloaded the Win32 binaries for Apache and unzippped them,
however I see no installer, only binary files and other support files. I
tried installing VisualSVN-Server, as that was suggested as an
alternative (to what?), but the pathname made now sense in the context
given below, and I couldn't see that "the Subversion installer
recognized that you've installed Apache" as described below, so I
switched that server off.
        I am not as experienced with Windows operation as I am with
Unix/Linux and MacOS X, so I may be missing something. Was this file
p (linked from
) the one I was supposed to find the installer in, or is it somewhere
        Thanks in advance
        --Don Ellis

        Installing Subversion

        1. Download the latest version of the Subversion Win32
binaries for Apache. Be sure to get the right version to integrate with
your version of Apache, otherwise you will get an obscure error message
when you try to restart. If you have Apache 2.2.x go to
> .

        2. Run the Subversion installer and follow the
instructions. If the Subversion installer recognized that you've
installed Apache, then you're almost done. If it couldn't find an Apache
server then you have to do some additional steps.

        3. Using the windows explorer, go to the installation
directory of Subversion (usually c:\program files\Subversion) and find
the files /httpd/mod_dav_svn.so and mod_authz_svn.so. Copy these files
to the Apache modules directory (usually c:\program files\apache
group\apache2\modules ).

        djh <mailto:djh_at_tigris.org> on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at
9:48:50 AM
        4.58 mB
        Subversion Win32 binaries for Apache 2.2.x (2.2.9 or higher is
required within the 2.2.x series).

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