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I have a couple of subversion repositories which are working fine. I can check out via protocols svn and svn+ssh.

In order to check out the repositories behind a restrictive firewall I wanted to enable http(s) access via Apache mod_dav_svn.

The repositories are accesible via browser but as soon as I try to check out a repository I get an svn: Repository moved to 'url'. If I try to check out like this:

svn co https://servername/repo

it tells me that it moved to https://servername/repo/ (note the trailing slash) and if I try to check out that exact url I get the moved permanently again but the url is the same as the one I entered.

This is the apache config in use for the repositories:

<VirtualHost *:443>
ServerName servername
ServerAlias servername

SSLEngine On
SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/key

DocumentRoot /svn

<Location />
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

DAV svn
SVNParentPath /svn
SVNListParentPath on
AuthType Basic
AuthName "SVN"
AuthUserFile /svn/users
#AuthzSVNAccessFile /svn/acl
<LimitExcept GET PROPFIND OPTIONS REPORT>
    Require valid-user
</LimitExcept>
</Location>

Does anyone have any hints or pushes in the right direction?

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From SVN Book

Be sure that when you define your new Location, it doesn't overlap with other exported locations. For example, if your main DocumentRoot is exported to /www, do not export a Subversion repository in <Location /www/repos>. If a request comes in for the URI /www/repos/foo.c, Apache won't know whether to look for a file repos/foo.c in the DocumentRoot, or whether to delegate mod_dav_svn to return foo.c from the Subversion repository. The result is often an error from the server of the form 301 Moved Permanently.

For this reason, I prefer never have SVN-location in the root of VHost and, for me, DocumentRoot /svn + SVNParentPath /svn seems as big no-no.

Just in paranoid-mode (can't refer directly on authoritative source) I always have

  • SVN-location as node deeper root in web-tree
  • SVNParentPath placed outside web-tree
  • Trailing slash in Location and SVNParentPath| SVNPath parameter

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