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Re: OT: useless rant, Was: Building Subversion 1.2 on OS X 10.4 fails

From: Blair Zajac <blair_at_orcaware.com>
Date: 2005-05-21 23:52:58 CEST

Scott Palmer wrote:
> On May 21, 2005, at 2:44 PM, Kyle Kline wrote:
> So apr-util is sitting on my system in a useless state? This is a
> problem with SuSE 9.1 pretending to have apr-util installed but
> actually it is missing big chunks that are required for apr-util to
> actually be usable?
> I could go into another rant about why Linux will probably still take
> another 20 years to become usable for the mainstream.. but I'll resist
> the urge this time... ;-)

I wouldn't say useless, because it probably runs existing packages just

I don't have a SuSE system around, but I'm guessing they split up
apr-util into a run-time and a build-time component. Most of the time,
you don't have the development packages installed.

On my Debian box, I have can have libapr0 and libapr0-dev on my system,
but I never install libapr0-dev until I need to compile something
against it.

I don't count on configure testing every dependency it needs.

Most of the time, the best way to build a newer version of a package on
a system is to get the source package for that distribution (which I'm
guessing will be for an older version of Subversion that you want) and
use that as a basis to build the newer version. It already contains all
the dependencies on other packages that you will need to build
Subversion sucessfully. I'll install the dependencies by hand or hack
the older package to build the newer one for me. This works around the
problems of trying to figure out what packages need to be installed.


Blair Zajac, Ph.D.
Subversion and Orca training and consulting
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