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Re: bad subversion-1.2.0-1.rhel3.i386.rpm

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-07-06 19:38:54 CEST

"Richard Andrews" <randrews@transzap.com> writes:
> David and Developers at Subversion.tigris.org
>
> I took a look at the rpm changelog and sure enough it is stated right at
> the top that you are dropping support for the BDB backend on this rpm.
>
> I am fairly new to Linux (have had considerable SCO and HPUX
> experience in the past) and did not know to view this. I don't know if
> this was a newbie mistake or not but it was confusing to me when the
> Subversion 1.2.0 release notes goes out of its way to state that
> support for BDB is not going away and then find out that it was
> dropped on purpose in the creation of this rpm. I also realize that the
> summersoft download site is not part of Tigris but you do list/link to
> this site for rpm downloads.
>
> I guess what I am trying to get at is if you think that this was just
> a newbie mistake so be it, water under the bridge and all that.
> However if there is a good chance that others might make the same
> mistake that we made could there be some effort into putting up a more
> overt warning for them and possibly save them the hours of
> troubleshooting that we had to go through.

You're right that the situation is bad -- very bad for people who have
legacy BDB repositories and need to upgrade Subversion via RPM.

I initially thought "How could we have let this happen?" Then I
talked to Ben Collins-Sussman, who reminded me that David Summers (our
RPM maintainer) posted a long time ago saying he was having trouble
getting the RPMs to work with BDB, and asking for help. No one was
able to help him, and he never found a way to get it working, so in
frustration he finally decided to drop BDB support from the RPMs. I
don't have the mail thread handy, but he warned us he was going to do
that, and we had no better idea.

So this isn't David's fault at all. We're just in a bad situation
w.r.t. our RPMs now, and no one knows what to do. David, did you
contact anyone at RedHat about these problems? Did (say) Joe Orton
ever comment on it? I think he's pretty expert in RPM packaging, and
goodness knows he's familiar with Subversion...

-Karl

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