I wasn't going to get involved here but I decided I had to add my 2
About 2 months ago I decided on my own to help plug this "huge hole" and
build from source on a Windows machine. To make it "simple", I just
wanted binaries, not packaged installers. After having invested about 35
hours I STILL CANNOT GET THE DAMN THING TO COMPILE. I don't blame the
Subversion developers for this, I blame myself. I am not a C programmer.
I program in VB.NET and C# all day. I use Visual Studio 2003. I am very
familiar with those tools. I have no clue about the other tools required
and what the compile errors mean. The number of dependancies to me is
staggering and I'm not just talking about library dependancies (neon,
apr), who would have thought I would need to install python to run the
I'm not saying that the Subversion Developers should start doing a
binary distribution but I suspect that there are a lot of Windows
developers like me who love Subversion and are happy to poke at the
product but who have no experience with the tools the Developers are
using and can't figure out where to go next. Comments like "compile it
yourself" do nothing for me since I've tried that and failed.
For what it's worth, I have compiled packages on Linux and have NEVER
run into the issues that I have while trying to compile Subversion on
This issue with Apache concerns me. Does this mean that I'm going to
have to update my Apache server installation to use 1.2 or is this some
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Benjamin A. Collins [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 2:14 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Subversion 1.2 RC1 Binaries
> On Tue, Apr 12, 2005 at 11:10:25AM -0500, Eric J. Smith wrote:
> > First of all, let me say that I think Subversion is awesome and I
> > really appreciate the efforts of everyone involved.
> You certainly have a funny way of showing it: "Thanks for dinner mom.
> Now get your lazy butt into the kitchen and make me some pie, pronto!"
> <snip type="bilge"/>
> > I'm not ungrateful for the efforts of everyone involved
> here, but I am
> > just pointing out what I think is a huge hole. I mean, how are we
> > supposed to help test these releases if there aren't any
> official binaries?
> Build from source. Obviously. If you were truly interested
> in helping, it seems that you'd be more interested in helping
> plug the "huge hole" than lamenting its existence.
> Benjamin A. Collins <email@example.com>
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