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    At my work , we have SVN set up one one machine which was installed/maintained by an Admin. he left the company and now I am in charge for moving that SVN server to new machine. I am really new to SVN. Its really very old version and it needs to be moved to the new server with the same version. If i rsync the entire file system to the new machine will it work?. Since we dont need any upgrade i was thinking for copying the just file system to the new server. Can someone please advice? svnserve --version
    svnserve, version 1.6.3 (r38063)
    compiled Jul 10 2009, 11:16:56

    Copyright (C) 2000-2009 CollabNet.
    Subversion is open source software, see
    This product includes software developed by CollabNet (http://www.Collab.Net/).

    The following repository back-end (FS) modules are available:

    * fs_base : Module for working with a Berkeley DB repository.
    * fs_fs : Module for working with a plain file (FSFS) repository.

    Cyrus SASL authentication is available.

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    Wow, just found this post. You've probably already found answers. In general, rsync'ing from "/" is a really bad idea unless the hardware is 100% exactly the same as the last machine.

    If you mean rsync'ing the file system on which the repository resides then that's fine as long as you're not changing machine architecture or OS type (e.g. moving from Windows to Linux). If you're changing stuff then you should dump the repositories on the source system and load them on the destination system. In either case, you can run a newer installed SVN on the destination system than the source system since newer SVN releases are backwards compatible and an serve out repositories formatted at earlier releases.