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What happened to the Subversion Library DLLs?

From: Walter Nicholls <walter.nicholls_at_cornerstone.co.nz>
Date: 2005-06-09 04:16:01 CEST

All this traffic on the Summer of Code got me thinking - what happened
to http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=1627. It seems
to have stalled

Last comment was June 2004:
"Just updated the two patches (meant to be applied successively) which
solve this issue. Hopefully they can be applied now that we don't have a
major release looming over us."

The major release in question was 1.0!

When I was looking at doing Subversion development on Windows, in Jan
2004, one of my major stumbling blocks was the complexity of building
Subversion on windows - what with needing APR and Neon and all that
around as well. While having DLLs does not completely remove the need
for having certain header files etc, it does mean that anyone building a
add-on program does not need a complete working build system - just the
.H and .LIB files. It also means that add-on programs do not ship the
entire Subversion library code around with them, which has to be a good

It's probably a bit late, but it strikes me this could have been a good
SoC job: something that noone on the core development has the time or
the itch for. Update Russell Yanofsky's patches for svn 1.2, and
integrate the results into the standard build system.

Actually the technical issues aren't probably big enough to be paid
$4500 for: the key thing is the buy-in from the core Subversion
developers. Could this be a target for 1.3?

If it is any help, I'd be willing to help with this, since it would
requiring changing the installer and I have an Installshield Developer
licence (which is something a student is unlikely to have). (I'd love to
convert the installer source to use something free like WiX but that's a
much bigger job).

- W

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