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Backup and Restore SVN Repository

SVN provides a simple way to backup or export SVN repository along with modification history. To export repository located at /mnt/svn/branches to a file "dump_file", you would write:
svnadmin dump --incremental --deltas /mnt/svn/branches >~/dump_file
On the other SVN server, you can restore the entire repository along with the modification history by doing this:
svnadmin create --pre-1.6-compatible /mnt/svn/branches
svnadmin load /mnt/svn/branches <~/dump_file
The first line will create a new empty repository. You can remove --pre-1.6-compatible flag if you like. It's needed only if you want to make your repository compatible with previous versions of SVN. The second line restores your repository from "dump_file". Hurray! Now you can move your SVN repository to the other server without loosing your change history.
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