SVN without subdirectories


I am trying to configure one of my dreamhost accounts so that I can update the web page entirely from within my development IDE (Eclipse).

When I create the SVN in the Dreamhost panel it appears to want to create the SVN in a sub-directory, and when I publish from within Eclipse it also insists on going in to a sub-directory.

I would like to be able to edit my web pages and publish all from within the IDE using the SVN, but to do this I need to publish to the root folder.

Additionally I have not found anywhere to change permissions on folders in the control panel, am I just blindly missing it? I need php to have write access to a particular folder and cannot see where I can do chmod.

Thank you very much for any help you can give me.

Are you publishing your website from SVN using “svn export”?

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as to the chmod issue. either webftp from the domains/manage domains page or ssh into your site and chmod it that way.

Thank you, I have the chmod stuff sorted I found that ( blush - sometimes i’m daft ).

With the SVN i’ve gone through the Wiki stuff, i’ve PuTTY’d into my DH account for the first time - seems pretty straightforward linuxy type stuff so that was ok, and i’ve followed the wiki article - but i’m confused by the last step and am sure i’m doing it wrong.

The last step says to modify my /home/username/svn/projectname/post-commit to invoke the CGI script.

I goto my folder and inside it appears empty, I see no filed. I tried creating a file called ‘post-commit’ but to no avail thus far.

I tried adding my main account/PuTTY account to my list of SVN users but I still dont see any files.

I’m competent but not expert or experienced in this field so any help given is really appreciated, thank you.

you need to create a post-commit file and make sure it’s executable. here’s how i got mine to auto-update:

  1. your site should already be on a working copy checked out from subversion
  2. create a subdomain
  3. create a file at the subdomain, named something like svnupdate.cgi. here are the contents:


disable filename globbing

set -f
echo Content-type: text/plain
echo Updating live site
/usr/bin/svn update /home/username/

  1. you can test the cgi script by hitting
  2. lock down the subdomain so only dreamhost servers can access it, with an .htaccess file like this:

order deny,allow
allow from
deny from all

  1. create your post-commit file in svn/reponame/hooks/, and make it request your cgi script:

wget -O -

  1. change permissions on that script to 755 so it can execute.

hope that helps!

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