At work I was tasked with migrating an SVN server from one failing server to another, livelier one. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what an SVN was before I started this project. But I did a little reading and was off to a good start before long.
I found out that the old server was using Collabnet’s Subversion software so I downloaded the newest version of that. Of course there were a couple differences so I had to figure those out, but nothing to hard. Then came the authentication through Active Directory.
I thought this was going to be the easy part. Type in the AD server to redirect the authentication requests to it and bam! But it wasn’t that easy. I spent way to many hours looking at the httpd.conf file below that Collabnet had given me. I played with these settings until my fingers were numb. What did I get out of it? Nothing.
<Location "/svn"> DAV svn SVNParentPath C:\svn_repository SVNPathAuthz off SVNListParentPath on Allow from all SetHandler ldap-status AuthLDAPAuthoritative off AuthType Basic AuthName "Subversion" AuthLDAPBindDN CN=user,OU=Group,DC=domain,DC=com AuthLDAPBindPassword aPassword123 AuthBasicProvider ldap AuthLDAPURL "ldap://servername.domain.local:389/OU=Group,dc=domain,dc=com?sAMAccountName?sub?(objectClass=*)" Require valid-user </Location>
Every time I tried to log onto the server I either received:
[LDAP: ldap_simple_bind_s() failed][Server Down]
[LDAP: ldap_simple_bind_s() failed] [Invalid credentials]
Neither of which I liked.
On Monday when I started fresh on this project, it hit me. Every time I attempted a login to the server, I was greeted with the default “Collabnet Subversion Server” greeting and not the detailed title I had placed in the AuthName field. I deduced that the server was not pulling information from this httpd.conf file. I later found this line:
I quickly commented it out, tried the server again and rejoiced! The prompt was now pulling the information from the default httpd.conf file that I had been working with for so long. It was finally using my file instead of this other one. Everything works!
Just thought I would share this little story, maybe it will help someone out. It sure would have been nice to know for me.