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Re: Building SVN (dependencies) on Windows

From: Barry Scott <barry_at_barrys-emacs.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 20:33:43 +0100

I know this pain well. I build svn for macOS and Windows to do the binary pysvn releases.

I have the build for the svn client side of things fully automated.
In case this is helpful to you here is what I use.

The scripts I use are here:


The build-all-deps.cmd is the entry point thats get you to a working svn client.

To build svn 1.13 compatible with python 3.5 and later I use:

        build-all-deps 3.5 1.13 win64

The version of the source code to use is setup in build-config-svn-1.13.cmd.

Any patches that are needed to make the builds work are in:


And you would need to have the compilers installed and the source kits of all the
deps for the above to work of course.


> On 20 Apr 2020, at 14:36, Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> Let's start a new thread with the bits of information I posted about building on Windows in the "Release Notes: TODO regarding Py3 support" thread [1].
> Building SVN on Windows is pretty hard, especially the dependencies. A lot of the dependencies have (Windows-specific) problems or quirks in their build scripts.
> Useful documents / tools in our own source tree (but they are a but rusty / out-of-date):
> - INSTALL: definitely needs a refresh / update.
> - tools/dev/windows-build: contains a Makefile that can be useful on Windows, if you don't want to build from within the VS IDE (and as a config "wrapper" around gen-make.py).
> - tools/dev/build-svn-deps-win.pl <http://build-svn-deps-win.pl/>: needs resurrection, i.e. update and cleanup of old vs updated components. It contains a couple of scripted fixes for some of the externally broken build scripts (e.g. httpd). Perhaps those fixes should be brought upstream (at least they should be checked against the latest version of their component). Perhaps could use Debug vs. Release configuration, as well as x86 vs. x64. Cross pointing between this script and INSTALL would be ideal.
> My personal notes for building SVN's dependencies (trying to build an x86 Release build):
> - Get the following tools, and make sure they are in your PATH:
> * Perl (I've taken the last Strawberry distribution from perl.org <http://perl.org/>)
> * Python from python.org <http://python.org/> (download both a 2.7 and a 3.x build, you'll probably need both, as there are still problems with 3.x for svn builds).
> * awk (from https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/btl.mirror/awk95.exe <https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/btl.mirror/awk95.exe>)
> * test.exe, from GnuWin32 (used by that Makefile from tools/dev/windows-build)
> zlib:
> # clean: nmake -f win32/Makefile.msc clean
> nmake -f win32/Makefile.msc
> nmake -f win32/Makefile.msc test
> (workaround for svn build: it looks for zlibstat.lib) nmake /nologo -f win32/Makefile.msc STATICLIB=zlibstat.lib all
> building DEBUG configuration:
> set CC_OPTS=/MDd /Gm /ZI /Od /GZ /D_DEBUG
> nmake /nologo -f win32/Makefile.msc STATICLIB=zlibstatD.lib all
> Do not try to build the assembler optimized versions, it causes headaches
> openssl:
> Need Netwide Assembler, a.k.a. NASM, available from https://www.nasm.us <https://www.nasm.us/> (after install, put in PATH)
> perl Configure enable-zlib --with-zlib-include=../zlib-1.2.11 --with-zlib-lib=../zlib-1.2.11/zlib.lib VC-WIN32
> For openssl 1.0.2*:
> call ms\do_nasm
> nmake -f ms\ntdll.mak
> nmake -f ms\ntdll.mak test
> For openssl 1.1.x:
> nmake
> nmake test
> PCRE (from pcre.org <http://pcre.org/>, needed for httpd -- not pcre2, only pcre (version 1) works):
> nmake
> nmake test
> expat (needed for httpd / apr-util):
> download and extract expat (https://libexpat.github.io/ <https://libexpat.github.io/>)
> (Follow instructions from cmake.README):
> cd expat
> mkdir build
> cd build
> cmake ..
> msbuild expat.sln (debug build)
> msbuild expat.sln /p:Configuration=Release
> >>>> This is 64-bit build!! httpd now also needs to be built 64bit
> >>>> or: open expat.sln > Configuration Mgr > Add x86 (win32) configuration, save & exit + edit all vcprojx files and remove " /machine:x64"
> httpd:
> download and extract httpd
> download and extract apr, apr-util, apr-iconv into httpd\srclib\apr ..\apr-util ..\apr-iconv
> Attention: Do not try to use junctions (windows symlinks), just copy the directories.
> Attention 2: Check if the downloaded / extracted files are marked by Windows as "Blocked" (rightclick -> Properties). If so unblock them in bulk from within Powershell (Run as Administrator), with "dir -s | Unblock-File".
> put built pcre under httpd\srclib
> put built openssl under httpd\srclib (and name it 'openssl')
> put built zlib under httpd\srclib (and name it 'zlib')
> The directories below srclib should be:
> apr
> apr-iconv
> apr-util
> openssl
> pcre
> zlib
> put built expat under httpd\srclib\apr-util\xml
> copy libexpat.lib into srclib/apr-util
> copy libexpat.lib from Release and libexpatD.pdb from Debug into expat\lib\LibR, and name them xml.lib and xml.pdb
> (for debug build) copy libexpatd.lib and libexpatD.pdb from Debug into expat\lib\LibD, and name them xml.lib and xml.pdb
> edit apr-util\Makefile.win, and unquote libexpat in XML_PARSER="libexpat"
> see https://www.mail-archive.com/dev@apr.apache.org/msg27347.html <https://www.mail-archive.com/dev@apr.apache.org/msg27347.html>
> perl srclib\apr\build\lineends.pl <http://lineends.pl/>
> perl srclib\apr\build\cvtdsp.pl <http://cvtdsp.pl/> -2005
> (for openssl 1.1.x) perl srclib\apr\build\cvtdsp.pl <http://cvtdsp.pl/> -ossl11
> Open Apache.dsw in VS2019 to let it be converted / upgrade to .sln with .vcxproj files (made from de .dsp files)
> Strip "/Yuiconv" en "Yciconv" out of srclib/apr-iconv/build/modules.mk.win (not sure if this is still needed)
> Insert "<PropertyGroup><GenerateManifest>false</GenerateManifest></PropertyGroup>" in support/win32/ApacheMonitor.vcxproj
> Insert "<PropertyGroup><TargetName>libapr-1</TargetName></PropertyGroup>" in srclib/apr/libapr.vcxproj
> Insert "<PropertyGroup><TargetName>apr_ldap-1</TargetName></PropertyGroup>" in srclib/aprutil/ldap/apr_ldap.vcxproj
> Insert "<PropertyGroup><TargetName>libapriconv-1</TargetName></PropertyGroup>" in srclib/apr-iconv/libapriconv.vcxproj
> Insert "<PropertyGroup><TargetName>libaprutil-1</TargetName></PropertyGroup>" in srclib/aprutil/libaprutil.vcxproj
> Create directory C:\Apache2.4.43 in which the httpd build can be installed.
> # Add XML_PARSER="libexpat" to nmake commando (https://www.mail-archive.com/dev@apr.apache.org/msg27346.html <https://www.mail-archive.com/dev@apr.apache.org/msg27346.html>)
> nmake /f Makefile.win installr INSTDIR=C:\Apache2.4.43 XML_PARSER="libexpat"
> # If anything fails, first try it again:
> nmake /f Makefile.win installr INSTDIR=C:\Apache2.4.43 XML_PARSER="libexpat"
> Possibly: Rerun _install like this: nmake /f Makefile.win SHORT=R LONG=Release _install INSTDIR=C:\Apache2.4.43 XML_PARSER="libexpat"
> Possibly: copy apr-util\xml\expat\Release\expat.dll to C:\Apache2.4.43\bin
> serf (the problems here below were just reported to dev_at_serf.a.o [2]):
> Download and install latest scons version, in your Python 2.7 installation (so first make sure Python 2.7 is first in PATH, then run the installation of scons).
> The serf build does not work with Python 3.x.
> If using openssl 1.1.x, patch serf/SConstruct as follows:
> [[[
> --- SConstruct.orig 2020-04-19 15:36:16.257450600 +0200
> +++ SConstruct 2020-04-19 15:36:51.855740800 +0200
> @@ -335,7 +335,7 @@
> # openssl
> - env.Append(LIBS=['libeay32.lib', 'ssleay32.lib'])
> + env.Append(LIBS=['libcrypto.lib', 'libssl.lib'])
> if not env.get('SOURCE_LAYOUT', None):
> env.Append(CPPPATH=['$OPENSSL/include/openssl'],
> @@ -343,8 +343,8 @@
> env.Append(CPPPATH=['$OPENSSL/inc32'],
> LIBPATH=['$OPENSSL/out32'])
> else:
> - env.Append(CPPPATH=['$OPENSSL/inc32'],
> - LIBPATH=['$OPENSSL/out32dll'])
> + env.Append(CPPPATH=['$OPENSSL/include'],
> else:
> if os.path.isdir(apr):
> apr = os.path.join(apr, 'bin', 'apr-1-config')
> ]]]
> With Python 2.7 in PATH, run:
> scons APR=..\httpd-2.4.43\srclib\apr APU=..\httpd-2.4.43\srclib\apr-util OPENSSL=..\openssl-1.1.1f ZLIB=..\zlib-1.2.11
> If you get this error:
> scons: *** Invalid value for option MSVC_VERSION: 14.2. Valid values are: ('14.0', '12.0', '11.0', '10.0', '9.0', '8.0', '6.0')
> File "C:\research\svn\dev\deps\serf-1.3.9\SConstruct", line 157, in <module>
> Delete the file .saved_config, and try again.
> [1] https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r4c630849db5bc24c0e8dbde5ef5d03f6256727d6058a9a70862335b7%40%3Cdev.subversion.apache.org%3E <https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r4c630849db5bc24c0e8dbde5ef5d03f6256727d6058a9a70862335b7%40%3Cdev.subversion.apache.org%3E>
> [2] https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r30cbdeea2c65f77af338fa2515e25ca971cdd511f83bf06672e4e6ed%40%3Cdev.serf.apache.org%3E <https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r30cbdeea2c65f77af338fa2515e25ca971cdd511f83bf06672e4e6ed%40%3Cdev.serf.apache.org%3E>
> --
> Johan
Received on 2020-04-21 21:34:04 CEST

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