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Re: Is subversion ready for primetime

From: Steve Cohen <scohen_at_javactivity.org>
Date: 2005-02-01 02:51:08 CET

Max Bowsher wrote:
> Joseph Silverman wrote:
>> Trying to find rpm's for not-latest version of linux for Apache, and
>> all it's modules, has been rather impossible, in fact. So I have
>> resorted to a "barebones" Apache server which is ONLY used by svn
>> (simplifying this somewhat and allowing me to proceed).
> Of course, using a current-ish distro would also have been a non-painful
> way to go.

What's "currentish"?

Using RedHat 9.0, I went through hours of hell trying to get my
subversion to work right. Following the instructions (using --nodeps is
a really BAD idea), I wound up disabling my apache server.
Fortunately, I wasn't using it for anything, until I wanted to try with
subversion again. I had two or three go-rounds of "uninstall apache and
all in its dependency chain, then reinstall" before I got it right. The
instructions are NOT clear enough. This, I suppose, might be part of
what Joseph meant by "ready for primetime".

Of course the blame for this falls partially on RedHat with its
bifurcation into "enterprise" and "hobbyist" lines. When there was only
one, it seems to me there was more support for the "hobbyists". But I
suppose they have to make a profit. I'm not sure which way I want to
head in going forward and it's only going to get worse. But I didn't
feel like upgrading to Fedora just to install Subversion at the present

In case anyone wants to pursue improving the documentation, here are
some clues. With RedHat 9.0, there are 17 rpms that fall under the
"Webserver" category in its installer. When I installed RH 9.0 I had
said "install everything". After my uninstall-reinstall, I only
reinstalled 12 of the 17, the "default" configuration of the category.
I had no need of the other five. Then and only then was it possible to
get beyond a broken Apache and install Subversion. The instructions may
have assumed the default configuration - but they don't say one way or
the other.

On the plus side, though, I will say that it is, finally, POSSIBLE to
install Subversion. Ultimately, I succeeded and it seems to work well
enough. Keep at it Joseph, you will get there.

Steve Cohen

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