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Re: SVN install on Fedora Core?

From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday_at_mindspring.com>
Date: 2004-03-23 11:41:51 CET

On Mon, 22 Mar 2004, Raymond wrote:

> > Is there any clear and ordered process to install from rpm? I am
> > running Fedora Core 1 and started from rpm -i
> The -easy- way is to download ALL of the Summersoft RPMs, sans the DB42
> ancillary files, to an empty directory, rpm -ivh the db42 RPMs (rpm -ivh
> db42-*.rpm), delete the db42 RPMs (rm -f db42-*.rpm) and then rpm -Uvh the
> balance (rpm -Uvh *.rpm)

the summersoft repo should not be used for anything -- it's just plain
broken and violates the rules for a well-designed repository.

in the first place, any decent repository should *not* force you to go
through the above contortions. any decent repository should not force
you to go through *any* contortions -- you should simply have to point at
it and say "go", and it should go. the fact that you have to tap dance
to get it to work properly means it's broken. but that's not all.

it also violates the cardinal rule that it does not play well with FC1 in
the first place. if you look there, you'll notice that there are RPMs
based on the apache runtime libs (apr), version 0.9.5.

there *is* no version 0.9.5 -- not from FC1's perspective, not from
apache's perspective.

if you go to the fedora rawhide repo, the latest supported apr rpms are
only 0.9.4, so to supply allegedly FC1-compatible 0.9.5 rpms is
meaningless. even www.apache.org lists 0.9.4 as the latest versions,
so it's not clear where these 0.9.5 versions came from, but they're quite
simply junk. by installing them, you are technically breaking your FC1

the same can be said for the summersoft httpd rpms. they are provided as
version 2.0.48-1.2.1. i have no idea where this version came from --
the most recent (rawhide) version of httpd that is FC1-approved is
httpd-2.0.48-18. it's unacceptable for summersoft to be providing
some weird, non-standard version of httpd that clashes with the FC1

and then there's the db42* rpms which, quite simply, don't exist in FC1
world. the proper rpms for FC1 can be found at rawhide, and are of the
form "db4-4.2*", not the weird versions found at summersoft. quite simply,
the summersoft repo will make a mess of your system, and should be taken
offline before it screws anyone else's machine.

as someone else pointed out, there appears to be an acceptable repo for
subversion 1.0.1 rpms for FC1 at

the version numbers there for things like apr and httpd are correct and
FC1-compatible, and there are no bogus db42 rpms. i haven't tried to
install from there, i'm still trying to clean up my machine from the
disaster that is summersoft.


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