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Installing Collabnet SVN on CentOS & Redhat

Collabnet SVN provides a good Web-GUI to do mundane SVN administration via webinterface. Here's a howto to get it installed on CentOS.


1)    Java 1.6 JRE/JDK must be installed.

2)    Python 2.4 or higher version must be installed.

3)    Download CollabNetSubversionEdge-2.2.1_linux (32/64 bit)

Note: Do not untar CollabNetSubversionEdge-2.2.1_linux package using root or sudo. This will cause the UID/GID on the files to carry the values from the collabnet build system instead of being reset.
1.      Install JAVA Runtime Environment package from Add/Remove Software (System>Administration>Add/Remove Software) by searching for Java/JRE.
# yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64
  2.      After Java installation is over, type the following command in Terminal window.
                    export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64
  And also add the above line to /etc/profile (at the bottom of the file)
  #sudo gedit /etc/profile
  #sudo vi /etc/profile
       Now you can check the installed java version by the following command.
      # java –version
      Probably this would be the output:
      java version "1.6.0_22"
       OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.10.4) (rhel-
       OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.0-b11, mixed mode) 

3.      Add any normal (non-root) user to etc/sudoers file or by the following command.

# visudo

And add the following line anywhere in the file.

username  ALL=(ALL)  ALL

4.      Now migrate to non-root (normal) user and select the folder where you want to install CollabNet Subversion Edge. I would recommend you to install the Subversion in the normal user folder. It can be Downloads/ Documents/ Desktop etc.

[root@localhost ]# su – username

[username@localhost]$ mkdir opt/subversion

Note: If you are not able to create folder “subversion” in “opt” directory, then you can create it through “root” or “sudo”.

[username@localhost]$ cd opt/subversion

[username@localhost]$ sudo chmod o+wx /opt/subversion/

Now move the downloaded CollabNetSubversionEdge-2.2.1-linux-x86_64.tar.gz package to opt/subversion.

5.      Now Untar the CollabNetSubversionEdge-2.2.1-linux-x86_64.tar.gz package by the following command.

[username@localhost subversion]$ tar zxf CollabNetSubversionEdge-2.2.1_linux-x86_64.tar.gz  

Note: The above command will create a folder named “csvn”.

[username@localhost subversion]$ cd csvn

Now we will install the application so that subversion will start automatically when the server restarts. For doing this type the following command.

Note: To set up the server so that it starts automatically when rebooted, you will need to have root/sudo access and follow these steps.

Edit the configuration. When a process is started at server startup it runs as root. You do not want the CSVN console to run as root, you want it to run as a specific user -- whatever your login user is.
  1. To do this, edit the file data/conf/csvn.conf.

$ vi data/conf/csvn.conf
  1. Scroll down a little bit until you see #RUN_AS_USER= . Uncomment it out and add your username.


RUN_AS_USER= username
  1. Save the changes.

[username@localhost csvn]$ sudo –E bin/csvn install

Now we will start the server. Be sure that you are not logged in as root.

[username@localhost csvn]$ bin/csvn start
This will take a few minutes and the script will loop until it sees that the server is running.
Note: If the server does not start, then try starting the server with this command:
 [username@localhost csvn]$ bin/csvn console
 6.      Add the following line to /etc/sysconfig/iptables
  # iptables -A INPUT –p tcp --dport 3343 –j ACCEPT
  Restart firewall to update the changes
  # service iptables restart
  Installation is done, now open the following link:
username: admin 
password: admin
  Note: If you are not able to see your CSVN server on the browser, then just disabled the your system Firewall by entering setup command in the terminal window.
# setup
Go to System>Administration>Firewall and disable it.
  Note: You can change the IP address of your subversion server with your machine IP address by editing 
 opt/subversion/csvn/data/conf/csvn.conf file (at line no. 62) by the following command.
$ sudo vi data/conf/csvn.conf
$ sudo gedit  data/conf/csvn.conf
Subversion Edge also starts an SSL-protected version using a self-signed SSL certificate.
You can access the SSL version on this URL:


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