This post is aimed to those (like me) who can easily forget the SVN syntax :
Create a new repository :
$ svnadmin create --fs-type fsfs /home/user/svn
Suppose you have an existing project you wish to import in SVN :
$ svn import /path/to/project/ file:///home/user/svn/project -m 'Initial import'
Checking out your project :
$ svn checkout file:///home/user/svn/project /home/user/dev/project
A version controlled copy of the project is now available under /home/user/dev/project/
You can remove /path/to/project/ as soon as you are sure the version controlled copy is there.
You can start working on your project under /home/user/dev/project and issue the following to commit changes to the SVN repository :
$ svn commit -m 'Your comment here'