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Re: Re: [Conclusion] Subversion 1.3 distribution tar slimmer?

From: Marcus Rueckert <darix_at_web.de>
Date: 2005-09-01 18:36:40 CEST

On 2005-09-01 17:53:40 +0200, nick vajberg wrote:
> Erik wrote:
> >> Why? Most of them supply subversion packages by
> now.
> That's a joke.
> It takes months (literally!) between an SVN release
> and a Debian (and all based on it) or Mandriva
> distro. Neither of these are "obscure" distributions.
> It sometimes takes a long time for other distros too.

many distros have sources where you can download more up2date packages
for important projects:
    debian -> www.backports.org (maintained by the original debian
    mandriva -> cooker
    suse -> ftp.suse.com/pub/projects/ and

they all ship more or less up2date packages.

if the distro package is not up2date you can just use their source
package and update it to the new version. gives a nice and convenient
way to update (especially multiple boxes)

> > PS: What's a 'clean' linux distro? Which one
> > (since there are lots to choose from)?
> One that doesn't necessarily have httpd
> pre-installed and other stuff that SVN needs (and
> that's a lot compared to most stuff we install!)

you need: APR/APR-Utils (0.9.5 if it matters). that is really the only
hard requirement.

that would be enough to support and FSFS based server with svnserve or
svn+ssh. thats not much. did you ever do gnome stuff?;) that is what i
call dependency hell.

> We even have servers without gcc/cc/whatever, so
> don't tell me about compiling svn as a general install
> option (especially if the source is no longer self
> contained)

see my note about updating the packages yourself when needed. svn still
compiles with a quite old apr version though. of course using source
compiles in production enviroments isnt desired. but if you do so. i
wouldnt fight with too many libraries outside of the distro. that leads
to more trouble than it solves.

just my 2 cents


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