Subversion - Maintaining Repsitories on Multiple Servers

Posted on 2007-08-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I need to install subversion on multiple servers including development web servers, test web servers, and production web servers.

Hardware/Software Setup:
Currently there is only one production web server and 2 dev web servers, however these numbers will be increasing very soon and we will most likely be throwing some test servers into the mix. All servers are running either RHEL5 or FC5. The subversion repository will be /home/httpdocs/html on all of the servers.

What I Need to Accomplish:
I need for a respository to be set up on each of the servers so that our development team can check in and check out files from the development repositories. Once they are satisfied that the web pages are working properly they need to be able to copy them to the production web server(s) respository.

Problems I'm Running Into:
I messed with Subversion for about half a day a few weeks ago, and the problems I ran into are as follows: What is the admin command to set up a directory as a repository if it already contains files? What front ends are available for Subversion? They are currently using Coldfusion for their web design, and I'm sure they would much prefer to stick with that rather than having to SSH into the server. I could not seem to get Coldfusion to talk to the Subversion repository that I was testing with several weeks ago. What are the steps to configure this? Lastly, is there a method with either Coldfusion or Subversion itself to access multiple repositories at the same time? For instance, when we get more production web servers is there a way that the repositories on all of the production web servers can be updated in a single instance rather than having to access each repository individually and update the files, or would this be something only accomplished with clustering?

Although I know Linux fairly well I have never used CVS or Subversion before. Your help is very much appreciated!!

Oh, also, what is TRAC, and can it be useful in this circumstance?
Question by:Grime121
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    In such situation, I'd install data on separate machine and configure it as a file server. Then you share files to as many machines as you need - without sacrificing performance and there is no need of making multiple repositories. In general, you can work on multiple repositories switching between them on demand, but it is not too comfortable.
       To work with subversion on linux, you can use eg. kdevelop suite available in KDE environment. Eclipse should also be able to work with subversion, but I didn't check that. Unfortunately, Quanta is not supporting subversion (yet). I don't know other development tools but I'm sure there are more possibilities. If  you need more details, let me know.
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