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Re: geekyness and ESR's recent tome

From: <dannys_at_changind.com>
Date: 2004-03-04 04:40:24 CET

Jim Nutt <jim@nuttz.org> said:

>In defense of GrayGeek, subversion IS a pain in the butt to install on
>RPM based distros. Mainly because it does require bleeding edge versions
>of so many things. A lot of people have working apache 2 installs
>that they don't want to risk breaking by upgrading to a new version.
>Plus, upgrading apache requires upgrading all the modules (PHP, perl,
>etc, etc). It's just a huge pain, especially in a production
>environment. If you don't need http access, things are somewhat easier,
>as you can leave your apache setup alone, although the make install
>script does evil things to http.conf.

It's for all those reasons that I used to modify David Summers' RPMS
so that we would have a seperate web server (svn_apache-*.rpm, config
files in /etc/svn_httpd/, etc.) running on port 180. That contained
all the subversion related network code (apache) from our main apache
installation. It also allowed all the subversion repositories to be
owned by an 'svn' user instead of the 'apache' user. However, I'm not
really able to keep up the maintenance of the RPMS for each subversion

So I finally gave up and am just running subversion on a different
server from our "production" web server. It's not so bad now that
someone's making php rpms for the subversion httpd. However, if a
number of people are intersted in this seperated version, I might
consider redoing the RPMs for 1.0. But unfortunately, I can't promise
to maintain the RPMs nor can I make rpms for all the different redhat
version (7.3, 8.0, 9.0, fedora). :-( Kudos to Mr. Summers; I don't
know where he finds the time.

Danny Sung       <dannys@changind.com>       Research Engineer
CHANG Industry   1925 McKinley Ave., Suite F   La Verne, CA 91750
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