httpd

LDAP authentication through Apache for svn, trac or anything else for that matter :P

Apache can be used as an access method for things like svn, trac, and even a whole file system through webdav. And apache also supports authentication through LDAP. Hence Apache can be used to authenticate the services that it provides through LDAP.

Here is how it is done :

For SVN :

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName                          repos.nitt.edu
DocumentRoot                        "/var/www/svn/DocumentRoot/"
ErrorLog logs/repos.nitt.edu-error_log
CustomLog logs/repos.nitt.edu-access_log combined

<Location /pragyan>
DAV svn
SVNPath /var/www/svn/pragyan
<LimitExcept OPTIONS REPORTGET>
AuthType Basic
AuthBasicProvider ldap
AuthzLDAPAuthoritative off
AuthName “Pragyan SVN LDAP Authentication”
AuthLDAPURL ldap://localhost:389/ou=Pragyan,dc=www,dc=nitt,dc=edu?cn?sub?(objectClass=*)
AuthLDAPGroupAttribute contact
require valid-user
require ldap-group listName=coding,ou=Groups,ou=Pragyan,dc=www,dc=nitt,dc=edu
</LimitExcept>
</Location>
</VirtualHost>

For trac :
<Location "/trac/delta/login">
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Delta Trac LDAP Authentication"
AuthBasicProvider ldap
AuthzLDAPAuthoritative off
AuthLDAPURL ldap://delta.nitt.edu:389/ou=Webteam,dc=delta,dc=nitt.edu?uid?sub?(objectClass=*)
AuthLDAPGroupAttribute memberUid
require valid-user
require ldap-group cn=webteam,ou=Groups,ou=Webteam,dc=delta,dc=nitt.edu
</Location>

CrAzY SVN / HTTPD Errors!!! (301, 302 …..)

Yup.

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.

Then with

<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.