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Re: [PATCH] Installation autoconf upgrade?

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-08-05 20:38:08 CEST

"Hamilton Link" <helink@sandia.gov> writes:
> > Aha. That clarifies the issue. I understand now. However, just this
> > weekend I was trying to build the NEON from anon CVS and couldn't get it
> > to build correctly, but the distribution neon.tar.gz file would build
> > correctly. I gave up and went back to the neon.tar.gz file to do the
> > build.
> Will this require a vote? It appears at least 3 people have encountered
> this as either a problem or a point of confusion.
> +1 for patching the INSTALL file so that either (a) 2.53 is listed as
> required to build subversion, or (b) 2.50 is left as a requirement but
> sentances are added to the effect that depending on the means of
> acquisition, APR requires 2.52 (I think? someone check me on this) and
> Neon requires 2.53.

The issue here is that people were trying to build Neon from its CVS
tree. That's not something we recommend in our INSTALL file, nor (as
far as I know) does Neon typically even guarantee that its head is
stable and buildable, or that the APIs haven't changed drastically
since the last release. Subversion is always written to a specific
Neon release, and it says so.

If people are getting confused, then perhaps we're not clear enough
about saying "always compile from a Neon release, not from its
bleeding edge tree", and we should fix that language. But I'm not
sure how many instances of confusion there really are; for example,
from reading his post, it doesn't sound like David Summers actually
got confused about anything, he was just experimenting with cvs Neon,
and was well aware what he was doing.

The APR problem is a separate thing, since there Subversion is
supposed to compile against head at all times. If head of APR
requires at least autoconf 2.52, then I guess Subversion does too.
(Would you like to check this and see what the situation is?)


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