Apache, Subversion and favicon.ico

I discovered a strange error in my apache logs today:

[Tue Oct 20 11:04:10 2009] [error] [client 12.34.56.78] (20014)Internal error: Can't open file '/.../svn/repositories/favicon.ico/format': No such file or directory
[Tue Oct 20 11:55:55 2009] [error] [client 12.34.56.78] Could not fetch resource information.  [500, #0]
[Tue Oct 20 11:55:55 2009] [error] [client 12.34.56.78] Could not open the requested SVN filesystem  [500, #2]
[Tue Oct 20 11:55:55 2009] [error] [client 12.34.56.78] Could not open the requested SVN filesystem  [500, #2]

Most of my Google searches returned issues where people couldn’t view their repositories, but I could see mine fine…

Then I looked at the error messages again and noticed it was looking for a repository called favicon.ico. A quick Google later and I found this page:

http://www.trilithium.com/johan/2005/02/no-favicon/

Adding the suggested items to my Apache conf fixed the problem!