Update: This post was written more than 13 years ago, but for some reason it is still getting a decent amount of views. At this point, you should all stop using Subversion and move to Git.
I don’t know if I’ve extolled the virtues of Ubuntu on this blog yet, but they are many. They are, however, not the topic of this post. Every once in a while, I like to try different operating systems on my server, and at the moment, I’m just coming back to an Ubuntu server after a brief fling with Windows Server 2003.
On the list of things to do after install was to get Ubuntu to start the svnserve daemon at boot. I’ve taken the time to look this up enough times that I figured I’d just add it here. This procedure holds for anything you’d like to do at boot, I’m simply running my svn daemon.
Step 1 - Create your script
Simply create a new file (I called mine svnserve) and type the command you’d like to run
cd /etc/init.d/ # (thanks Alfonso) sudo touch svnserve sudo vi svnserve svnserve -d -r /usr/local/svn/repository_name
Step 2 - Save the script
Put your script in the
Step 3 - Make the script executable
sudo chmod +x svnserve
Step 4 - Add the script to the boot sequence
sudo update-rc.d svnserve defaults
That’s it. When you’re done you should see some output similar to
Adding system startup for /etc/init.d/svnserve ... /etc/rc0.d/K20svnserve -> ../init.d/svnserve /etc/rc1.d/K20svnserve -> ../init.d/svnserve /etc/rc6.d/K20svnserve -> ../init.d/svnserve /etc/rc2.d/S20svnserve -> ../init.d/svnserve /etc/rc3.d/S20svnserve -> ../init.d/svnserve /etc/rc4.d/S20svnserve -> ../init.d/svnserve /etc/rc5.d/S20svnserve -> ../init.d/svnserve