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Re: Installing Subversion

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-04-12 20:14:40 CEST

Peter Davis <pdavis152@attbi.com> writes:

> 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).

The tarballs are guaranteed to allow you to checkout HEAD, that's it,
nothing more.

Perhaps you're right, though: if people expect more than that, then we
need to crush their expectations... at least until we hit Alpha or

(Our documentation, at a minimum, should say that the tarballs will
only work against the httpd and apr from *the day* on which the
tarball was released.)

> 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.

We have a strict policy of HEAD always compiling and passing 'make
check'. If you were to check out all 1680 revisions of subversion,
I suspect 98% of them would pass this test. So you need not be too
paranoid. :-)

I'll go update our docs...

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Received on Fri Apr 12 20:17:15 2002

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