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

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-05-22 16:06:19 CEST

Keep in mind, Scott, that there are two different 'modes' of building

     1. as a developer

     2. as a user

To build as a developer, you must run ./autogen.sh, which means you
need python, as well as the correct versions of autoconf and
libtool. And you must also have correct, functional versions of apr,
apr-util, and neon all pre-installed on your system. The list of
requirements is quite complex.

When we package tarballs for users, we make them self-contained. The
*maintainers* run ./autogen.sh ahead of time, so that the tarball has
a ./configure script and libtool utilities ready to go. So users
building the tarball don't need autoconf, or libtool. Nor do they
need apr, apr-util, or neon preinstalled; those sub-packages are
already bundled into the tarball.

So the maxim of "just ./configure && make" only applies to the
*tarball*, not to somebody trying to checkout /trunk. As a
developer, there's a lot more stuff you need to worry about. In this
case, it's the fact that your pre-installed apr-util wasn't set up
for development, which is a linux distribution issue.

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Received on Sun May 22 16:08:24 2005

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