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Sync svn repo commits to website documentroot in Cpanel Server


SITUATION: Customer has a cpanel server with one domain hosted on a shared ip and wants to setup svn repository for this domain in such a way that whenever the svn commit operation takes place, the contents of the repository is exported to the documentroot. Thus all updates to files inside documentroot can be done over svn instead of via ftp. Also use ‘svnserve’ daemon for setup and don’t use ‘mod_dav’.


1) Cpanel Server is used.
2) Domain is setup on a shared ip
3) Suphp is the php handler used
4) ‘username’ is the username of the website



1) Install subversion in cpanel server

yum install subversion.x86_64 -y

2) Create a directory named ‘repos’ inside the default documentroot of apache(ie, /usr/local/apache/htdocs/) and start the ‘svnserve’ daemon from that directory. Also make sure that the port 3690 is opened in firewall and you are starting the service as root user.

mkdir /usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos
svnserve -d -r /usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos

3) Create a repository named ‘username’ and import its home directory(/home/username/public_html) to the repository,

cd /usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos
svnadmin create username
cd ~
svn import /home/username/public_html file:///usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username -m "username"

4) Now open up the svn repository configuration file “/usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username/conf/svnserve.conf” and disable anonymous access and specify the user authentication and authorization files,

anon-access = none
auth-access = write

password-db = /usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username/conf/passwd
authz-db = /usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username/conf/authz
realm = Project
logfile = /tmp/svn.log

5) Create a new user in user database file “/usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username/conf/passwd”

jackal777 = pnity29#@I

6) Set authorization for user created in password file via “/usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username/conf/authz”

jackal777 = rw

7) Now finally create post commit hook inside the repository directory “/usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username/hooks/post-commit” and set execute permission for that file. Paste the following contents to that file,

svn export --force file:///usr/local/apache/htdocs/repos/username/ /home/username/public_html/
chown -R username:username /home/username/public_html/

The post commit script will export the contents of the repository to the website documentroot and assigns the proper permission to the directory.




Now checkout the repository to your local directory,

svn co svn:// --username=jackal777

Make modifications with the files and then commit to the repository,

cd username
svn commit

Now login to the server and check whether the commit made to repository are shown inside “/home/username/public_html”.

That’s it 🙂

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