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Re: OS X client frustrations

From: Christian Schaffner <chris01_at_users.sourceforge.net>
Date: 2004-03-10 18:46:36 CET

Hi Wade

On 10.03.2004, at 18:30, Wade Williams wrote:
> I'm a bit frustrated with trying to get a user of my subversion server
> a working client. He's on 10.2.6, I'm on 10.3.2.
> I built my client from source. I cannot just ship it to him for two
> reasons:
> 1) The large number of dependancies on dynamic libraries.
> 2) Even if I ship him all the required dynamic libraries, it's not
> going to work, since on 10.3 you end up with a dependancy on
> libiconv.dylib, which does not exist on 10.2.
> So, I thought....we'll just use fink.
> For starters, the current procedure for getting subversion out of fink
> is *way* too hard for normal users. You have to edit your fink config
> (using sudo) add the unstable branch, and update your fink
> installation.

Well, that is because the fink package is still in the *unstable* tree.
Meaning: it is not meant for the "normal user". ;)

Wait until there is a binary package for the fink client. Then it will
be as easy as doing "sudo apt-get install svn-client-ssl". Fink is not
as big as other distributions. That means it takes some time. We should
have a binary release available for you in the next weeks. If we are
lucky even this week.

> But, assuming you get that far and tell fink to install svn-client,
> you get:
> Failed: Can't resolve dependency "system-java14-dev" for package
> "svn-1.0.0-12" (no matching packages/versions found)
> sure enough, the package system-java14-dev does not exist.

This is a problem with your java installation. Read the second news
item on


You are missing the Java SDK from Apple.

> (I realize this is an issue for the fink maintainers, but I thought
> the subversion folks needed to be aware)
> So, I next started down the path of trying to compile subversion as
> 10.2-compatible. It's easy to get gcc to do that, but unfortunately,
> configure knows its running on 10.3 and finds things in the 10.3
> headers that don't exist in the 10.2 headers. Thus., when you're
> compiling against the 10.2 headers, you get errors.
> (Granted, I understand that Apple caused this issue by having
> incompatible headers)
> So, I'm curious to hear the thoughts of those maintaining subversion
> for OS X, or others that have solved this issue. I've got the server
> built and ready - all I want to do is send my 10.2 user a svn client
> that will work.

There are even precompiled packages already available for OS X. Search
the subversion mailing list.

> I guess I'm down to the point of having to talk him through
> downloading the tarball and compiling it for himself on 10.2, but I
> really didn't want to go there.
> Thoughts?

Well, it would be great if you could help in improving the fink package
by giving me (the maintainer of the package) some feedback on how the
installation goes.

Thanks, Chris.

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Received on Wed Mar 10 18:47:05 2004

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