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Re: TortoiseSVN 1.3.2: Would it run on Win98SE? (I can use "plain" svn 1.3.0 under Win98/Cygwin now!)

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-04-02 09:54:48 CEST

Alexey Lyubimov wrote:

> Thanks to Max Bowsher - the maintainer of Cygwin's release of Subversion
> - now I can run svn 1.3.0 on Win98/Cygwin platform and _manage local
> repositories_ !!!

Just to clarify here: you don't need Cygwin to run the svn command line
client on Win98. The official windows binaries run much better on all
windows versions than the Cygwin version. And, you don't get into
trouble with the svn:eol-style=native property (Cygwin treats those as
LF, while is must be CRLF on a windows system).
So if you're using Subversion in Cygwin, you *must not* use any other
Subversion client to access your working copy, or you get into big trouble!

> Older versions, including v1.2.3, never run on Win9x, even using
> 'file:///' scheme. So did TortoiseSVN :(

Where did you get that from? I know that TSVN only runs on Win98 systems
up to version 1.1.7 (later version don't anymore). But the command line
client always ran on Win98 just fine.
The only thing which never worked and never will: file:/// access to a
BDB repository because the berkeley db doesn't work on Win98. But you
can always use the FSFS repository format for file:/// access.

> Now situation changes with Subversion. Why does TSVN still have only
> W2k+SP2 and WinXP as its system requirements?

Not 'still', but 'not anymore'. We dropped Win98 support for the 1.2.x
releases. The reason is simple: it's a real pain in the a** to support
such old systems, because of missing API's. We always had to work around
those missing API's and still use them on newer systems, so there were a
*lot* of version checks and if() clauses in our code.

> I have slow dial-up connection to the Internet, so I would like to know
> before downloading, whether TSVN 1.3.2 (built against svn 1.3.0) runs on
> Win9x or not. If it does, then is it possible to manage local
> repositories on Win98 with the help of TortoiseSVN (as it is possible
> under Win98/Cygwin)?

No, TortoiseSVN doesn't run on Win98/Me or NT4 anymore. And it never
will again. Sorry.
Just use the windows subversion command line client, and don't use the
BDB format when you create a repository.

Stefan

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