Patch: Example Repository Location

Max Bowsher maxb at
Thu Apr 28 06:18:39 CDT 2005

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> On Apr 27, 2005, at 4:30 PM, Max Bowsher wrote:
>> Jonathon Mah wrote:
>>> The majority of the book assumes repositories live in /usr/local/svn,
>>> so I standardized on that.
>> Consistency is good, but /usr/local seems like a pretty bizarre place
>> to recommend.
> That's what the 3 of us all use, so it seems normal to us.  Before
> that, we put repositories into /usr/local/cvs.  It's 'old school",
> /usr/local, it is.  :-)
>> I think we should use "/srv/svn/repositories". (/srv is part of FHS
>> 2.3)
> What's all this /srv/ stuff?  Hmmm.

It is part of the latest FHS:

"/srv : Data for services provided by this system"

If you would prefer not to follow this admittedly relatively new standard, 
then perhaps /var/svn/repos ?
Repositories are, after all, varying by nature, unlike /usr, which is 
theoretically read only except during software installation.

Or, of course, we could just stick with /usr/local/, and leave users to make 
their own minds up on the subject.


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