FreeBSD svn client and https server

We recently moved our Subversion repository to the University’s central svn server.
When I tried to checkout a copy of the repository to a new FreeBSD server today, I got the following error:

svn: Unrecognized URL scheme 'https://svn.web.server'

I checked the output of ‘svn ––version’ and verified that subversion didn’t have anything configured to handle the http[s] protocols.
(Our old server was using the svn+ssh.)
A couple of web searches later, I found that I needed to use the Neon or Serf ports (or both).
Since Neon was listed as one of the defaults in FreeBSD’s subversion Makefile, I modified our /etc/make.conf file to require Neon:

.if ${.CURDIR:M*ports/devel/subversion}

Subsequent rebuilding of subversion pulled in the Neon port, as expected,
and ‘svn ––version’ now lists ra_neon as the module handling http and https schemes.

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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2 Responses to FreeBSD svn client and https server

  1. snake says:

    Cool i had the same problem, but i almost gave up trying – it was way too anoying for me!

  2. name says:

    cd /usr/ports/devel/subversion

    make config

    • SERF (enable it!!)

    make deinstall

    make install clean

    echo “be happy”
    cvs update /usr/ports

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