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SVN Repository


Subversion was created to replace CVS You can find more informations about SVN [[1]]


Creating the SVN repository

  • Go on the control panel
  • Select the project where you want to add a SVN repository
  • Choose the name of your repository
  • Validate

creating tips

  • Don't choose a too usual name
  • Fill the description field to avoid problems with the moderation team ;)


Your repository will be subject to moderation, see here

How to administer (panel)

On the panel you can choose if you want the repository to be public. By accepting it, you allow a read-only anonymous login on the repository and you allow viewing it from the svnweb


How to manage group rights

This object can be shared with your group using the ACL

How to delete

  • Log into the panel
  • click on the group corresponding to your project
  • click on your SVN repository
  • click on delete


So, you've chosen to be hosted by tuxfamily, that's good. You chose a subversion repository, that's great ! We're going to teach you how to use it.

Note: because SVN access requires SSH access, please review the note on SSH Access first.

Basic Operations

Check out

So, you want to have a basic use of your SVN repository. First, perform a checkout of the repository

svn co svn+ssh://

(Of course, replace YOURUSER by your user name on the panel, PROJECT by the project owning the repository names REPO_NAME)

Warning, your password may be asked several times. This is not a bug, it is caused by SVN which uses several connections, so you have to enter several times your password, or you can use a SSH key (see below)

To test your access to the SVN referential, you can try something like this :

[soda@evira:/tmp/subversion] svn co svn+ssh:// folder
Révision 0 extraite.
[soda@evira:/tmp/subversion] $

Yeah, it's allright ! The folder ##folder## has been created. Of course, it's empty, because your referential doesn't include any file.

Creating the base layout

Even though it's not an obligation, you should arrange your referential like this :

|_ branches
|_ tags
|_ trunk

This will help you during the evolution of your project : the folder trunk will always include the last development version, tags will only be here to contain version notes (you should create a tag for each release, it will be easier for the users to know which code is associated to a version) and branches will allow you to add features which are too unstable to be present in the trunk.

First Import

If you have no files yet to put under subversion, you can simply create the layout :

cd /tmp
mkdir monprojet
cd monprojet && mkdir trunk && mkdir branches && mkdir tags
svn import . svn+ssh:// -m "Initial import or anything you want."

The import will recursively copy the content of the repertory directly in the referential.

If you already have files for this project, you just have to do the same way, but do the import after you have copied your files in the trunk folder.

Once it's done, you'll have to perform a checkout of the referential.

svn co svn+ssh:// afolder

afolder is the folder you want to work with. If ann the files are present, you can delete the directory from which you made the import.

Add/delete files, update of the repository

Add a file

Let's enter our folder

cd myfolder

And create a file named ##test##

touch test

To add it to the repository, just type

svn add test

If you want to upload all on the repository, type

svn ci

more serious: svn ci --message "commit message that will appear in the changelog."

Adding a folder is exactly the same:

svn add directory


svn ci

Delete a file

To delete a file on the repository, just type:

svn rm mybogofile

and send your modifiactions to the server

svn ci

Update the repository

If several people work on the repository, it can be helpful to update your SVN repository. to do this, you just have to type this command at the repository root

svn up

Using Subversion in anonymous mode

It is possible to use Subversion without logging in . However, you won't be allowed to write on the repository (adding, editing or removing files). To perform a checkout, type:

svn co svn://

You can also update the repository each time the developpers update the code with

svn up

Warning, anonymous mode is available only if your repository is set in public mode (default). Of course, you won't be able to commit in annonymous mode.

Using the web interface

You can list the repositories using URLs looks like: ( for example)

If you prefer svnweb, it is available at

Using CIA

CIA is a commits system, visit the website for more informaton. to enable support of CIA on your TuxFamily repository, create a user account on their website. Then, create a project, name it as you want, in the configuration part you should see a "repository" part, click on it. Then, you have to check the box "Connect to a public Subversion repository" and to fill the rest of the form :

Repository URL: svn://

Check that the "polling" box is checked. Please do not change the 15 minutes delay to keep the number of queries minimal.

How to keep in touch with you repository

It is possible to have regular feedbacks about your repository. You just have to use the RSS feed of the svnweb. For example, to have the RSS of the REPO repository in the group GROUP, you should use this URL :

Using a graphical interface


If you are not command-line tools compliant, you can use a graphical tool such as eSVN or the [Eclipse] suite.

Maybe one day, there will be a tortoise SVN for GNU/Linux ?


Windows only. You can download Tortoise SVN from the TortoiseSVN website.

Please review the FAQ note on SSH for Windows-based SVN users and consult the TortoiseSVN FAQ on how to use TortoiseSVN with SSH.

Configuring TortoiseSVN

To start your SVN repository, create a directory on your PC for the project files, then right-click on that folder and select TortoiseSVN->Export... The URL you specify should be of the form:


Be sure to replace the italicized fields with appropriate values.

After that, right-click on a file or folder and select the TortoiseSVN menu. To place files on your server, then select 'Commit' from the TortoiseSVN menu. To update the files on your PC, select 'Update' from the TortoiseSVN menu.

Configuring Eclipse

Now, Eclipse has native SVN support so you don't need to download the Subversion plugin anymore. When Eclipse asks for a SVN repository, provide the following line :


Collaborative developements, writing permissions

All users that are in your group will be able to commit on the SVN. If you want to work with your friend on your code (and you should do so :P ), they will have to register on TuxFamily and you will have to add them in your group through the panel.

If one of your co-workers report the following error :

Transmission des données .svn: Échec de la propagation (commit), détails : 
svn: Can't create directory '/svnroot/votreprojet/votrerepository/db/transactions/7-1.txn': Permission denied

make sure that he is in your group.

Tricks and Tips

  • You should only commit things that compile correctly to make sure that the Trunk can be tested at any time by your users
  • Please do not choose a stupid generic name such as 'svn' or 'subversion'. If you don't have any idea of a great name , simply use your project's name :)

Useful links