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Re: Installing Subversion

From: Peter Davis <pdavis152_at_attbi.com>
Date: 2002-04-12 20:03:44 CEST

On Friday 12 April 2002 10:59, Sander Striker wrote:
> People: don't try to create a subversion server from the tarballs
> found in the download section. To create a server, first bootstrap

Well, I managed to get it to work :), and it works a lot better than it did
two months ago (when 'svn update' segfaulted on me).

> and get the _lastest_ subversion. Then, use httpd-2.0, apr and
> apr-util HEAD to build your server. If the documentation isn't
> clear on this, please point out where it should be improved.

If using the tarballs is bad, then this is where the docs need to be updated
(ie., they need to explain why it is bad). Personally, even for a pre-alpha
release, I always assume that a tarball is more stable than the HEAD. HEADs
break, people do a partial checkin or whatnot, and I spend an hour debugging.
A tarball is supposed to just work.

I totally understand that nobody here wants to spend time to support outdated
tarballs, which is fine. The one other thing in the docs that should be
improved, however, is a list of the version/release/dates of the various
dependencies. For example, if the M10 releases only work with Apache APR
from two months ago, then that should be documented. That way at least if
someone really wants to they can go and build any past version they want.
Philip Martin made an excellent diagnosis of what my issue actually was, and
simply documenting the dependencies for each release would have helped me
avoid that.

Peter Davis
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Received on Fri Apr 12 20:04:43 2002

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