Like several other FreeNAS users I would like to run a Subversion server on my FreeNAS box. Sure, it is discouraged, but the alternative for me is to use an Internet-facing server or to keep a third machine running all the time. The FreeNAS box seems like the best choice.
The installation process is a bit involved as the embedded version of FreeNAS keeps the root file system in RAM. A standard installation will simply disappear after the first reboot.
Create a group and a user named svn through the web interface. Note that if you want to su to svn later on, a real shell is required, nologin will not work. Login to the Unix prompt and su to root. Create a directory on one of the mounted disks (not the root file system, which is a RAM disk!):
mkdir -p /mnt/data/apps/Subversion
Install the subversion package to the proper location:
setenv PKG_TMPDIR /mnt/data/apps/Subversion pkg_add -r subversion -P /mnt/data/apps/Subversion
Include the dynamic libraries in the search path:
ldconfig -Rm /mnt/data/apps/Subversion/lib
Create a repository. Again the location must be on a mounted disk:
/mnt/data/apps/Subversion/bin/svnadmin create /mnt/data/apps/Subversion/svnrep
Configure the repository.
Apart from comments this is an example:
[general] anon-access = none auth-access = write password-db = passwd realm = FreeNAS
Edit the password file (
vi /mnt/data/apps/Subversion/svnrep/conf/passwd) and add users:
[users] userid1 = password1 userid2 = password2
Create a start script for the Subversion daemon:
The start script needs to include the Subversion libraries before it launches svnserve:
#!/bin/bash ldconfig -Rm /mnt/data/apps/Subversion/lib su svn -c '/mnt/data/apps/Subversion/bin/svnserve -d --listen-host=n.n.n.n -r /mnt/data/apps/Subversion/svnrep'
The svnserve command should use a single line, wrapped for readability. Without the listen-host option Subversion may use an IPv6 address. Use the option with your IPv4 address to get around that. Make the script executable:
chmod +x /mnt/data/apps/Subversion/bin/start_svnserve.sh
Change ownership of all files properly:
cd /mnt/data/apps/Subversion chown -R svn:svn svnrep
Test the script. If it works, add it as a PostInit start script (System/Advanced/Command scripts). Voila, FreeNAS is running Subversion!