Recently I stopped using Apache’s dav_svn, and moved to svn+ssh for my Subversion server which I store personal code on. However, it made the checkout command much, much bulkier to type.

So I created a very, very, painfully simple bash function to fix this for me. It works if all of your SVN repos are in relatively the same place.

function svnco() {
	svn co svn+ssh://USERNAME@SERVER.com/SVN_REPO_LOCATION/$1
}

So for example, your final code could be:

function svnco() {
	svn co svn+ssh://ry@myserver.com/var/svn/$1
}

The repo location is literally where the repo is stored on the server. It could be /home/subversion or /var/www/svn if you are moving from Apache.

This code goes into your .bash_aliases file, so that it is loaded with the .bashrc config file. Then, run svnco mytestrepo, and it will checkout mytestrepo to your development machine to start working.