Installation Of Redmine With SVN On A cPanel/CentOS 5.6 Server

This tutorial explains how to install Redmine with SVN on a cPanel/CentOS 5.6 server. Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database.

All steps are executed as ‘root’.

Prior to installation check if ImageMagick is installed:

# /scripts/checkimagemagick


If it is not then install it:

# /scripts/installimagemagick

It will take few minutes so prepare a coffee. ;)

After ImageMagick is installed let's start with mod_dav.

Check if mod_dav is enabled:

# httpd -M | grep dav

dav_module (static)
dav_fs_module (static)

If nothing displayed then recompile Apache using:

# /scripts/easyapache

  • Simple CLI will be loaded:
  • Move with 'Tab' between buttons.
  • Load default - "Previously Saved Config"
  • Start customizing based on profile.
  • Choose latest Apache version (e.g.: 2.2.22).
  • Choose latest stable PHP version (e.g.: 5.3.15).
  • Move with 'Tab' key to "Exhaustive Options List".
  • Under "Apache Built-in Module" mark Dav and DAVFs
  • Move down with down arrow to "Preferences".
  • Mark "Archive Backup (this session only)" - obviously to create a backup of working Apache :)
  • "Next step" > "Save and build" > confirm everything if asked... AND the build is running.

Now you can have 20-30 minutes break - drink previously prepared coffee :D

After it is successfully finished check again if dav is enabled now:

# httpd -M | grep dav

dav_module (static)
dav_fs_module (static)

Next we need to install/enable subversion.

# cd /usr/local/src/

Check latest package of rpmforge repo rpm on according to architecture of your system (uname -p) and download and install it:

# wget
# rpm -K rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm
# rpm -i rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm

Install latest subversion from rpmforge:

# yum --enablerepo=rpmforge install subversion

Get sources of the same subversion release you just installed (e.g. 1.6.11):

# svn --version

svn, version 1.6.11 (r934486)
compiled May 14 2012, 05:36:18

# yum list subversion

Installed Packages
subversion.i386 1.6.11-10.el5_8 installed
subversion.x86_64 1.6.11-10.el5_8 installed

# wget

Check latest SQLite Amalgamation package on and download it (e.g.: 3.7.13):

# wget

Unpack everything and prepare for configuration:

# tar xjf subversion-1.6.11.tar.bz2
# unzip
# mkdir -p subversion-1.6.11/sqlite-amalgamation/
# cp sqlite-amalgamation-3071300/sqlite3.c subversion-1.6.11/sqlite-amalgamation/sqlite3.c
# ls -lad /usr/local/apache/bin/apxs /home/cpeasyapache/src/httpd*/srclib/apr /home/cpeasyapache/src/httpd*/srclib/apr-util

drwxr-xr-x 26 root root 4096 Aug 11 05:36 /home/cpeasyapache/src/httpd-2.2.22/srclib/apr/
drwxr-xr-x 20 root root 4096 Aug 11 05:37 /home/cpeasyapache/src/httpd-2.2.22/srclib/apr-util/
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 22652 Aug 11 05:36 /usr/local/apache/bin/apxs*

Notice the paths - will be needed for next step.

Configure, build and install subversion:

# cd subversion-1.6.11
# ./configure --with-apxs=/usr/local/apache/bin/apxs --with-apr=/home/cpeasyapache/src/httpd-2.2.22/srclib/apr --with-apr-util=/home/cpeasyapache/src/httpd-2.2.22/srclib/apr-util
# make clean
# make && make install

Again - take a short break...

After successful installation of subversion let's configure it.

Create include folder for EA3 config file:

# mkdir -p /usr/local/apache/conf/userdata/std/2/[USERNAME]/[DOMAIN]
# vi /usr/local/apache/conf/userdata/std/2/[USERNAME]/[DOMAIN]/svn.conf

Add following lines:

<IfModule mod_dav_svn.c>
   <Location /svn>
     DAV svn
     SVNPath /home/[USERNAME]/svn
     AuthType Basic
     AuthName "Subversion"
     AuthUserFile /home/[USERNAME]/.svn.htpasswd
     Require valid-user

Find the location of modules:

# updatedb
# locate


Notice the paths - will be needed for next step.

# vi /etc/httpd/conf/includes/pre_main_global.conf

Add following lines:

   LoadModule dav_svn_module /usr/local/apache/modules/
   LoadModule authz_svn_module /usr/local/apache/modules/

Create svn repository:

# cd /home/[USERNAME]
# svnadmin create svn
# chown -R [USERNAME]:nobody svn

Check if htpasswd is present:

# locate htpasswd


# /usr/local/apache/bin/htpasswd -cm /home/[USERNAME]/.svn.htpasswd [USERNAME_FOR_SVN]

You will be prompted to set up a new password.

Finally do:

# ln -s /home/[USERNAME]/svn /svn

Set up of subversion is done, now let's make it permanent and make some adjustments...

Create startup script:

# vi /etc/init.d/subversion

Insert following lines:

   #   /etc/rc.d/init.d/subversion
   # Starts the Subversion Daemon
   # chkconfig: 345 90 10
   # description: Subversion Daemon 
   # processname: svnserve

source /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions

[ -x /usr/bin/svnserve ] || exit 1

# To pass additional options (for instace, -r root of directory to server) to
   # the svnserve binary at startup, set OPTIONS here.
   OPTIONS="-r /svn"

   desc="Subversion Daemon"

start() {
   echo -n $"Starting $desc ($prog): "
   daemon $prog -d $OPTIONS
   [ $RETVAL -eq 0 ] && touch /var/lock/subsys/$prog

stop() {
   echo -n $"Shutting down $desc ($prog): "
   killproc $prog
   [ $RETVAL -eq 0 ] && success || failure
   [ $RETVAL -eq 0 ] && rm -f /var/lock/subsys/$prog
   return $RETVAL

case "$1" in
   [ -e /var/lock/subsys/$prog ] && restart
   echo $"Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart|condrestart}"

exit $RETVAL

Now check if the startup script is working:

# service subversion status

Usage: /etc/init.d/subversion {start|stop|restart|condrestart}

Great! :)
Enable it to start at server boot:

# chkconfig subversion on
# chkconfig --list subversion

subversion 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off

Now check if all is configured correctly and apply changes:

# /scripts/verify_vhost_includes

Testing /usr/local/apache/conf/userdata/std/2/[USERNAME]/[DOMAIN]/svn.conf...ok

Do NOT continue if there are errors! Examine and double check where is the mistake!

# /scripts/ensure_vhost_includes --user=[USERNAME]

info [safeapacherestart] Forced restart elapsed seconds: 2
Apache successfully restarted.

# /scripts/rebuildhttpdconf

Built /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf OK

# /scripts/restartsrv_httpd

# service subversion restart

Final check:

Go to

If all is working well you should be prompted for username/password.

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From: Tim Packer at: 2013-05-07 11:07:53

Great guide, thankyou - this has allowed us to get Redmine running on our cPanel-administered virtual server where all else had failed.

One thing I'd add is that if you want to be able to access your server over SSL, then at the stage where you do

vi /etc/httpd/conf/userdata/std/2/[USERNAME]/[DOMAINNAME]/redmine.conf

you will want to make the same change for the SSL site with

vi /etc/httpd/conf/userdata/ssl/2/[USERNAME]/[DOMAINNAME]/redmine.conf

Also, the files above might not exist and might not be in totally obvious locations (on my server, the DOMAINNAME is not actually the same as the public domain name); if you do

less /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

and find the relevant section for the domain you wish to add Redmine to, at the bottom of the section it should tell you the exact location to put these files in.