mod_dav_svn to provide a list of available Subversion repositories
|Debian (Lenny, Squeeze)|
To configure the
mod_dav_svn Apache module to provide a list of available Subversion repositories
Suppose that there are a number of Subversion repositories located in the directory
/var/lib/svn. You have instructed Apache to serve these via HTTP by means of the following configuration:
<Location /svn> DAV svn SVNParentPath /var/lib/svn </Location>
SVNParentPath serves all repositories within a given directory, whereas
SVNPath serves a single repository. The method described here is only applicable if you are using
Although this makes the repositories accessible, they are only usable if you know what they are called: in its default configuration,
mod_dav_svn does provide a list of the repositories that are available. You wish to override this behaviour and provide an index page.
An index page can be provided by setting the
SVNListParentPath directive to
<Location /svn> DAV svn SVNParentPath /var/lib/svn SVNListParentPath On </Location>
SVNListParentPath is disabled by default on the grounds that providing an index can be a security issue under some circumstances:
- You may not want your users to be aware of what other repositories are available.
- Your users may already know what repositories are available, but you want to minimise the amount of information available to an intruder.
However it should also be said that having an index can significantly improve usability, and the author’s advice would be to enable
SVNListParentPath unless you have a specific reason not to.
If you restrict read access to your repositories then you should consider whether you want the same restrictions to apply to the index page and (if so) check that they do.
All subdirectories within the directory specified by
SVNParentPath are presumed to be Subversion repositories.
mod_dav_svn makes no attempt to determine whether this is actually the case.