Subversion and Trac on cPanel

Well I’d just like to say we’ve started testing a cPanel plugin that will allow us to support Subversion and Trac installs right from cPanel!  Yes you heard that right simple to use SVN along with awesome web hosting you just cannot go wrong.  Right now it is a beta product so obviously it is not polished by any means and is not a standard feature just yet.  But we’re hoping within a few months it will be standard on all our servers.

Right now all our production level testing of this plugin is being done on our Venus server so anyone on it can request to join in on the testing by shooting out an email to support to have it enabled on their account.  Of course if you were on the previous Venus server and had SSH and felt like playing around you may have noticed we had SVN running on it previously and it was working.  I have been personally been using it for 6 months on Venus without anyone noticing except of course our support staff.

So if you’re wondering what is SVN is well it’s a version control system (VCS) that allows you to manage the code of a programming project much more efficiently.  There is no sending people specific files or version conflicts.  You just update your code from the repository and when you’ve finished making changes commit it and SVN will know which files you changed and it’ll put them together as a version.  That’s a simple explanation but it’s much more complicated than that so feel free to check out the wikipedia entry

That’s it for now as always if you have any suggestions for other features we shoot add send us an email we’re always willing to discuss it.  Like right now we’re waiting for more requests for site builders to be standard on all servers so give us your say by emailing sales and it’ll get to the right person 🙂

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8 Responses to Subversion and Trac on cPanel

  1. Nicolas says:

    Hello !

    Its really interesting, could you tell the module name ? and the url from where I can get it, thank you !


  2. Tony says:

    Currently the plugin is not available. We took up an offer on a forum about testing it. Right now it’s not near ready for production unfortunately.

  3. Nicolas says:

    If I understand correctly, you module could allow someone to install subversion and trac only through cpanel ?
    without any shell access ?


  4. Tony says:

    Yep the idea is it’ll install the subversion repository and trac through cPanel. It will not require apache 2 (although I question anyone not running it) and you obviously won’t be needing to make changes to the httpd.conf for users when they’re installing it.

  5. Gustavo says:


    Are you still working on this? Now that cpanel supports Apache2,
    Have you tried to install and configure a subversion on a recent cpanel installation? we are having a hard time to do so, and still doesn’t work. We would like to keep our box mos cpanel default as can be (you know how cpanel handles any customization …. )

    So, if anyone read this and have any idea on how to setup a subversion on a cpanel box running apache2.2, please post a simple how-to.

  6. Tony says:

    It’s not something we’re working on. We found a company who was making a cPanel plugin to do all of this. I was told it would be ready at the end of January so I’m hoping it still will be. I’m not going to reveal the company at this point as I don’t think they need anyone pestering them about it as it has not officially been announced.

    As for setting up subversion on a cPanel box. It is not difficult at all just install the subversion program. Once you got it installed follow it’s documentation for doing it as a mod_dav module. Or even better just do it as a daemon which is what we did for a bit.

    We just want to use a plugin as it’s easier for users to manage their repositories.

  7. dody says:

    I tried to checkout from other svn server to my hawkhost account using ssh.

    I got the following error msg:

    svn: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    Could you check this? I hope it really work well.

  8. Tony says:

    dody I’d recommend sending in a ticket, as it sounds like the svn on the server you’re on is probably messed up so we’ll need to recompile it.

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