Moving Windows SVN repositories to a Linux SVN server

I have a windows server running a VisualSVN server...I think the version is 2.5.  We want to transfer our repositories to a Linux SVN server, and the Linux admin doesn't know anything about the Windows SVN server.  I barely know anything about the Windows server either, but I am the one who set it up.  I have read about a "hotcopy" function.  Can this be run in the Windows environment and then transferred to the Linux server?  If not, how can I package our repositories and give them to the Linux admin?
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
You need to dump the repos on your old server and load that dump on your new server:
svnadmin dump c:\path\to\repos > dump.file
svnadmin load /path/to/dump.file

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this works all the same on every svn implementation; you will not loose anything. First, setup svn on your Linux machine and test it, then decommission the Windows box.
jbobstAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information helge000.  As far as the new Linux box, I am handing that project over to a SVN admin guy who knows what he's doing on the Linux side of things.  He just needs to get my data in a format that acceptable to the Linux servers.  He is relying on me to handle the Windows side of things.

The first line (svnadmin dump c:\...) you appears command line.  I've only used the gui VisualSVN server console on my Windows machine.  Do I just go to a regular command prompt in Windows to run this or do I need to run is under something else?  I've looked through the GUI interface of the VisualSVN server console, and there doesn't appear to be anything about backing up, exporting, or moving the repositories.
Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
Indeed. You can run it from cmd.exe:
c:\Program Files\Subversion\bin\svnadmin dump c:\repositories\Contoso > c:\repo.dump

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Please use your install location as well as your repo path obviously. Give that file to your Linux guy.

Also, make sure nobody is accessing the svn sever when you dump as well as shutting it down right after your dump - otherwise your new Linux server will not be consistent.

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jbobstAuthor Commented:
I forgot to assign points and close this...thanks for the help helge000!
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