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Easier ways to install Subversion and Trac

I haven’t had time to test most of these, but here are some ideas for installing Subversion and Trac:

  • Read the manuals carefully and do a manual install. In my experience, Subversion isn’t too hard, but getting Trac working can take some tinkering.
    • The Subversion and TortoiseSVN manuals are excellent (if you’re a Windows user, you may find the TortoiseSVN manual more useful, since the Subversion manual is all command line).
    • I’ve found the Trac documentation a little harder (more spread-out, probably because it’s all wiki pags), but for Windows the key is the TracOnWindows page. I’ve found it useful to browse the TitleIndex list – you can find some stuff you’d miss otherwise.
  • Try installing Trac 0.11 beta – it’s supposedly simpler to install (I haven’t tried yet).
  • Try the TOW (TracOnWindows) project installer. I haven’t tried it yet; on the plus side, it’s a single installer for Trac, Subversion, and dependencies, and it’s been updated recently so the versions are current. OTOH, it appears to want to install everything in a fixed location (C:\TOW).
  • You can try a VMWare Appliance (using the free VMWare Server) with Subversion and Trac already installed. I’ve looked at this; most appear to be somewhat out of date (e.g. Trac 0.9x), and for licensing reasons always use a open source OS (Linux, BSD) which might not be the best choice for everyone. Similar appliances might exist for the competition.
  • You can use a hosting service with an installer (such as Webfaction) – that really does make installation easy, but upgrading can take a bit of work.
  • It’s worth considering installing to a virtual machine (whether on Linux, Windows, etc) so you can move the Trac server around, or just to experiment without installing lots of programs on the host OS.

Finally, it’s always important to setup the server correctly, with the desired access rights and user log-ins.

Comments 4/23/2011: the TracOnWindows installer hasn’t been updated in a long time.

I still really like the VM approach; VirtualBox is another option (with images available), but check the licensing terms (using VirtualBox as a server might require a commercial license).

VisualSvn Server makes installing Subversion on Windows a breeze.  Trac can still be tricky.

Tony

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