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I currently have several svn repo's set up for use by a small collection of people. They currently access there repo by the following url pattern: https://svn.example.com/svn/project If they have multiple packages (which some, but not all do) its: https://svn.example.com/svn/project/packageA and so on.

I would like to remove the /svn/ out of the url. I have tried using RewriteRule and RedirectMatch in apache with no success.

This is the virtual host file, prior to trying to change the URL:

<VirtualHost *:443>
  ServerAdmin admin@example.com
  ServerName www.svn.example.com
  ServerAlias svn.example.com
  DocumentRoot /var/svn

  SSLEngine on
  SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem
  SSLProtocol all

  <Location /var/svn/>
    DAV svn
    SVNParentPath /var/svn
    SVNListParentPath on
    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "Subversion Repository"
    AuthUserFile /var/svn/svn-auth-file
    Require valid-user

  ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error.log

  LogLevel warn

  CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access.log combined
  ServerSignature On


Any suggestions?

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2 Answers 2


  1. Your written config doesn't reflect your described config: /svn path vs /var/svn/ location
  2. You config must not work at all (or work with big troubles): DocumentRoot == Location == SVNParentPath, because they are a) unrelated b) different parameters

When you want to change path to your repos, you have to rewrite only definition of SVN-location, it can be / in your case (and beware: non-WebDAV tree under root will have problems in this case, if all site is repositories only it's OK for root-location)

<Location /> is short answer on your question

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Assumption You have two svn repositories located at:

  1. /var/svn/repo1
  2. /var/svn/repo2

And so URLs would be:

  1. http://svn.example.com/repo1/project1/PackageA
  2. http://svn.example.com/repo2/project1/PackageA

Requirement To access PackageA of Project1 of repo1 using URL:


Probable Solution

-<Location /var/svn/>
+<Location />
     DAV svn
    -SVNParentPath /var/svn
    +SVNPath /var/svn/repo1
    -SVNListParentPath on
     AuthType Basic
     AuthName "Subversion Repository"
     AuthUserFile /var/svn/svn-auth-file
     Require valid-user    

And, restart httpd.

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