This is quick guide, howto Backup (dump) and Restore (load) SVN (Subversion) repository on Linux. This is actually very simple and important task. SVN backup and restore is useful when you want to move your repos to new server or you need to recover your data. I assume here that you have Subversion (SVN) installed and you have existing repositories. If you installed and created testrepo with earlier guide then you can check real examples.

1. Backup (dump) SVN (Subversion) repository

1.1 Create Dump from SVN (Subversion) repository


svnadmin dump /path/to/reponame > /path/to/reponame.dump

Real example


svnadmin dump /var/www/svn/testrepo > /backups/testrepo.dump

1.2 Gzip Created Dump


gzip -9 /path/to/reponame.dump

Real example


gzip -9 /backups/testrepo.dump

1.3 SVN Dump and Gzip Dump with One-liner


svnadmin dump /path/to/reponame | gzip -9 > /path/to/reponame.dump.gz

Real example


svnadmin dump /var/www/svn/testrepo | gzip -9 > /backups/testrepo.dump.gz

2. Restore (load) SVN (Subversion) repository

2.1 Unzip Dump File


gunzip /path/to/reponame.dump.gz

Real example


gunzip /backups/testrepo.dump.gz

2.2 Create Empty SVN (Subversion) Repository


svnadmin create /path/to/reponame

Real example


svnadmin create /var/www/svn/testrepo

2.3 Setup SVN (Subversion) Repository Permissions


chown -R svnuser:svngroup /path/to/reponame

## If you use SELinux then remember also set security context ##
chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /path/to/reponame
 
## Following enables commits over http ##
chcon -R -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /path/to/reponame

Real example


chown -R apache:apache /var/www/svn/testrepo

## Set security context ## 
chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /var/www/svn/testrepo
 
## Following enables commits over http ##
chcon -R -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /var/www/svn/testrepo

2.4 Load Data to Repository from SVN (Subversion) Backup


svnadmin load /path/to/reponame < /path/to/reponame.dump

Real example


svnadmin load /var/www/svn/testrepo < /backups/testrepo.dump

3. Automatic SVN (Subversion) Repository Backups

3.1 Edit Crontab


crontab -e

3.2 Add SVN Dump Command to Crontab


@daily svnadmin dump /path/to/reponame > /path/to/reponame.dump
## OR ##
@weekly svnadmin dump /path/to/reponame > /path/to/reponame.dump

Real example


@weekly svnadmin dump /var/www/svn/testrepo > /backups/testrepo.dump

3.3 More Advanced SVN Dump Example with Time and Date and Gzip


@daily svnadmin dump /path/to/reponame | gzip -9 > /path/to/reponame-$(date +"\%Y-\%m-\%d-\%T").dump.gz

Real example


@daily svnadmin dump /var/www/svn/testrepo | gzip -9 > /backups/testrepo-$(date +"\%Y-\%m-\%d-\%T").dump.gz