I point my browser to http://hk.pimco.mobi/organic-asia/pc and it loads fine. I ssh into the server and sudo bash. Here are the versions of httpd.conf that are sitting in the /etc/apache2 directory:
[root@pimco:/etc/apache2]: Dir httpd.conf*
-rw-r--r--+ 1 root  wheel  55592 Apr 23 08:25 httpd.conf
-r--r--r--  1 root  wheel  60360 Jul 21  2009 httpd.conf.default
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  55989 Jul 15 16:09 httpd.conf.subversion
[root@pimco:/etc/apache2]: mv httpd.conf httpd.conf.good

Here is a diff to show exaclty the changes that I have made to the httpd.conf file to enable subversion processing:
[root@pimco:/etc/apache2]: diff httpd.conf.good httpd.conf.subversion
127c127
< #LoadModule dav_module libexec/apache2/mod_dav.so
---
> LoadModule dav_module libexec/apache2/mod_dav.so
154c154
< #LoadModule dav_svn_module libexec/apache2/mod_dav_svn.so
---
> LoadModule dav_svn_module libexec/apache2/mod_dav_svn.so
1501a1502,1515
>
> # This spells out where the subversion repositories go
> <Location /svn>
>   DAV svn
>   # any "/svn/foo" URL will map to a repository /var/svn/foo
>   SVNParentPath /var/svn
>   # how to authenticate a user
>   AuthType Digest
>   AuthName "Subversion repository"
>   AuthDigestDomain /svn/
>   AuthUserFile /etc/svn-auth-file
>   # only authenticated users may access the repository
>   Require valid-user
> </Location>
[root@pimco:/etc/apache2]:
These are the only changes I made to any apache configuration files to enable subversion.

Here is what I did to make the 'subversion' version of httpd.conf the active one:
[root@pimco:/etc/apache2]: copy httpd.conf.subversion httpd.conf
[root@pimco:/etc/apache2]: apachectl restart


As of this point my browser can no longer access the web page that it accessed at the start of this test; instead of giving me a web page it gives me a blank page. I pointed my browser to http://hk.pimco.mobi/svn and that also gives me just a blank page. View Page Source shows a total blank file; not even any <http> tag. Indeed pointing the browser to http://hk.pimco.mobi/foobar gives me the same result; not even a 404.

The last entry in /var/log/apache2/error_log reads:
[Sun Jul 17 19:47:05 2011] [notice] caught SIGTERM, shutting down
which comes from the "apachectl restart" command. No error log entry for going to my web site no error log entry for going to /svn both of which give me a blank page. Nothing in /var/log/apache2/access_log in that time frame.

The command
    svnserve --version
gives this reply:
    svnserve, version 1.6.5 (r38866)
       compiled Oct 16 2009, 02:54:10

The command
    svn --version
gives this reply:
    svn, version 1.6.5 (r38866)
       compiled Oct 16 2009, 02:54:10

These are the timestamps on the mod_dav files:
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  356432 Feb 11  2010 mod_dav.so
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  198160 Feb 11  2010 mod_dav_fs.so
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  429632 Oct 16  2009 mod_dav_svn.so

I don't know how to get version numbers out of them.

On 07/17/2011 06:31 PM, Andy Levy wrote:

Resending as I forgot reply all

On Jul 17, 2011 7:30 AM, "Andy Levy" <andy.levy@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> On Jul 17, 2011 5:01 AM, "Andy Canfield" <andy.canfield@pimco.mobi> wrote:
> >
> > WHOA! Near as I can tell, if you have an apache2 server offering web sites
> > http://example.com/alpha
> > http://example.com/beta
> > http://example.com/gamma
> > and you configure the apache2 web server for Subversion support, suddenly you can no longer access alpha and beta and gamma. DOES SUBVERSION TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE APACHE SERVER????? Apparently so. Yet the book makes no mention of this!
>
> Only true if you configure subversion under a <location /> block. If you use <location /something> it won't take anything over.
>
> I'm fairly sure the book covers this but perhaps you didn't interpret it properly.
>
> > Well, we can not have subversion stealing our apache server; after all we plan to use subversion to maintain a web site being hosted by that very server.
>
> Indignation doesn't win friends.