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Setting Up Redmine: SVN Repositories Timing Out When Attempting to View

When setting up Redmine as a project management system you might run into an issue after configuring the SVN repository for a project. If the SVN project already exists and there are a bunch of commits typically when browsing to the repository for the first time it will time out. Usually when it does time out it will display in your browser as a 503 error. Below I discuss configuring the SVN repository and then running a rake task to resolve the browser time out issue.

First lets set up the SVN repository following the directions below.

  1. Open Redmine Project: After you have created a Redmine project that the SVN repository will belong to browse to that project  in a browser.

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My Firefox Add-ons

I’ve been using Firefox add-ons for years now and now dwindled down to the ones I used most often: ColorZilla (grab color from any web site) Ctrl-Tab (thumbnails of all open tabs – kinda slow when you have a bunch of tabs open) Drag & (very convenient file sharing) Firebug (makes CSS infinitely easier…

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Convert an Assembla Trac Project to Redmine Project Management

One of the larger projects I am working on recently decided to switch from Assembla to Redmine for project management. There are many advantages to Redmine versus Assembla the largest being cross project management for Redmine and in Assembla projects are completely isolated. There are some others that our team finds extremely useful including the stuff to do plugin for Redmine that allows for drag and drop priorities for tickets. It is also going to be nice to finally be in complete control of backing up our data, making changes, uptime, etc.

The below specifically applies to Assembla however can be used for any trac project that is on a remote server. At first I was under the assumption I would have to install trac, have it up and running, and then import into Redmine. This is not the case as the Redmine task will use the directory structure to do all the importing so you only need to backup the trac directory on the remote server and then copy it to the new Redmine server.