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Setup Trac and Subversion


Setup Trac and Subversion

First install packages for both Trac and Subversion. We’ll be using Apache to publish the Subversion repositories
apt-get install python-setuptools trac subversion libapache2-svn

Create the SVN repository directory structure, used to create new repositories later
mkdir /var/svn/
mkdir /var/svn/tmpproject
mkdir /var/svn/tmpproject/branches
mkdir /var/svn/tmpproject/tags
mkdir /var/svn/tmpproject/trunk

Enable the Apache SVN module

a2enmod dav_fs

Create a password file containing users that have access to the Subversion repositories and Trac
htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/svn.passwd user1
htpasswd /etc/apache2/svn.passwd user2

Edit the apache configurations to enable Trac and Subversion SVN (pico /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default). Add the following lines:
<Location /svn>
DAV svn
SVNParentPath /var/svn
SVNAutoversioning on
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Subversion Repository"
AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/svn.passwd
Require valid-user

<Directory “/usr/share/trac/htdocs”>
Options Indexes MultiViews
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

Alias /trac “/usr/share/trac/htdocs”
Create a directory for Trac projects
mkdir /var/trac

Create projects

Subversion repository
svnadmin create /var/svn/myproject --fs-type fsfs
svn import /var/svn/tmpproject file:///var/svn/myproject -m "initial import"
find /var/svn/myproject -type f -exec chmod 660 {} \;
find /var/svn/myproject -type d -exec chmod 2770 {} \;
chown -R root.www-data /var/svn/myproject

Trac project
trac-admin /var/trac/myproject initenv
find /var/trac/myproject -type f -exec chmod 660 {} \;
find /var/trac/myproject -type d -exec chmod 2770 {} \;
chown -R root.www-data /var/trac/myproject

Configure Apache to publish the new project (pico /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default). Add the following lines:
ScriptAlias /projects/myproject /usr/share/trac/cgi-bin/trac.cgi
<Location "/projects/myproject">
SetEnv TRAC_ENV "/var/trac/myproject"
<Location "/projects/myproject">
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Trac - myproject"
AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/svn.passwd
Require valid-user

Restart Apache
/etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload

Give a user administrator permissions to the project
trac-admin /var/trac/myproject
permission add user1 TRAC_ADMIN

You can now access your Trac project by browsing with your favorite browser to http://localhost/projects/myproject.

To access the Subversion repository you can use any Subversion client. If you’re using Windows, TortoiseSVN would be a good choice.

Comments 3
  • Nagilum
    Posted on

    Nagilum Nagilum


    Sadly this doesn’t work (anymore?).
    The paths are not correct (/usr/share/pyshared/trac/htdocs) and I can’t locate a trac.cgi :/

    Thx anyways

  • drmike
    Posted on

    drmike drmike


    No trac.cgi here either. It’s also kind of hard to realize what needs to be changed for local setups. Is user1 specifically needed or can I pick my own name as well?

    After the initenv line, the script started asking me questions and I had to pretty much guess at the answers.

    Not sure where within the 000-default I;m supposed to add in those lines either. I’m assuming tat they go between the VirtualHost lines but not sure if they need to be within a specific place within the file structure.

    I don’t see anything about the database either.

  • Stephan Eberle
    Posted on

    Stephan Eberle Stephan Eberle


    use “trac-admin /var/trac/myproject delpoy /usr/share/trac” to deploy the cgi scripts. It should work then.