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Subversion on Debian

From: Steele Price <steeleprice_at_usa.net>
Date: 2003-08-01 23:07:29 CEST

For anyone using debian:

After much hair pulling trying to find the right voodoo to compile the head releases on debian, and not being patient enough to wait for binaries...

I had forgotten that debian was maintaining source packages for subversion and thought I might remind anyone who wants to build the most recent sources on debian that they can use the debian sources instead of the raw sources at collab.net. (unless of course you want to create your own set of debian rules for some reason, they are only a day or 2 behind the most current releases)

Debian has some peculiarities as most know and the unstable apt sources are being maintained in such a way that it will only require 2 commands to actually build .deb files from the latest source code.

Point your /etc/apt/sources.list to an unstable sources mirror such as:
        deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

apt-get update
apt-get build-dep subversion
apt-get source -b subversion

I had forgotten that building sources on debian can be quite painful for complexly linked systems such as subversion, but the above method makes it real joy to work with.

It will result in a complete set of the following debs:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 267126 Jul 31 17:14 libapache2-svn_0.26.0-1_i386.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 4151784 Jul 31 17:14 libsvn0-dev_0.26.0-1_i386.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 1842552 Jul 31 17:13 libsvn0_0.26.0-1_i386.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 972474 Jul 31 17:14 python2.2-subversion_0.26.0-1_i386.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 88486 Jul 31 17:11 subversion-tools_0.26.0-1_all.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 1380102 Jul 31 17:13 subversion_0.26.0-1_i386.deb

you can then use dpkg -i (libs first of course for dependencies) on the portions you
wish to install the "debian" way.

Debian specific info for the sources can be tracked at:
there are only 11 of us tracking this via email so I assume there are alot of people who need to be reminded of this option.

Perhaps adding this to the FAQ somewhere might be beneficial.

Steele Price
Digistor, Inc.

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