SVN IS MAD.
Sorry, SVN and HTTPD team up to drive people crazy.
I just came across two (or maybe three) of their misdoing in my effort to setup SVN on http://repos.nitt.edu
1) First, with this nitt.edu.conf in /etc/httpd/conf.d directory :
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName repos.nitt.edu DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"
I got an error
RA layer request failed svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/pragyan' svn: PROPFIND of '/pragyan': 302 Found (http://repos.nitt.edu)
I found this article : http://ynniv.com/blog/2005/12/troubling-svn-error.html
It said that the error occurs when some cms meddles with the way non existent file message (404) is shown. This,… was my case. (Thanks to my Praygan CMS). So then I changed my document root to /var/www/svn.
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName repos.nitt.edu DocumentRoot "/var/www/svn"
I got an error
RA layer request failed svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/pragyan' svn: PROPFIND of '/pragyan': 301 Moved Permanently (http://repos.nitt.edu)
Article that helped me in this grave time of need was : http://subversion.tigris.org/faq.html#http-301-error
It said that the error occurs because, when configuring SVN to work with httpd, the virtualhost document root shouldn’t contain the repository location (or httpd gets confused or something). My repos location was /var/www/svn/pragyan (which was within Document root). I simply changed the DocumentRoot to /var/www/svn/DocumentRoot and all started working well again.