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Re: Trouble installing subversion 1.3.1 on SuSe 9.3

From: Oliver Salzburg <oliversalzburg_at_web.de>
Date: 2006-05-31 14:44:48 CEST

Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote;
> Oliver Salzburg wrote:
>> Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote;
>>> Oliver Salzburg wrote:
>>>> Dear users,
>>>> as the subject already says, i'm trying to install subversion 1.3.1
>>>> under SuSe Linux 9.3. I'm pretty new to linux and have only basic
>>>> knowledge.
>>>> I've tried installing subversion in a veriety of ways. With SSL,
>>>> without, with latest versions of neon and apache, with the versions
>>>> packed into the tarball. Either my combinations didn't work at all
>>>> or i get presented with this error message when trying to commit any
>>>> data from my local machine.
>>>> subversion/libsvn_ra_dav/util.c:826: (apr_err=22)
>>>> svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/svn/cpp'
>>>> subversion/libsvn_ra_dav/util.c:389: (apr_err=22)
>>>> svn: Can't set position pointer in file
>>>> '/usr/local/svn/repos/cpp/db/revs/0': Invalid argument
>>>> My current working installation is running with apache and ssl.
>>>> I can connect to the server over both https and http but am getting
>>>> the same error. I tried using svn_serve which only leads to the same
>>>> end.
>>>> My desired repository location is /usr/local/svn/repos/*. This
>>>> folder (and all subfolder) are owned by the same user running apache
>>>> (daemon). For testing purposed i also applied chmod -R 777 to the
>>>> repos folder.
>>>> To wrap this up, the packges i am using are the following:
>>>> OpenSSL - openssl-0.9.8b.tar.gz
>>>> Berkeley DB - db-4.4.20.tar.gz
>>>> Apache HTTPD - httpd-2.2.2.tar.gz
>>>> Subversion - subversion-1.3.1.tar.gz
>>> What in the? OK, Stop trying to compile system-provided software from
>>> tarballs. Seriously: you'll just give yourself an atomic wedgie
>>> trying to do that, especially with somf of the vagaries in SuSE.
>>> Wherever possible, use the available built-in RPM packages.
>> The directly available packages (over yast) are outdated. I will try
>> to use the ones from the suse mirrors and see if i have any luck.
>> I just always felt more comfortable compiling from source.
> Then update to SuSE 10. Seriously, SuSE is ill-behaved when you start
> stuffing in more recent versions of core facilities by hand-installing
> them. That's what a distribution is for: to present a working set of
> compatible software. Unless you're a developer, there's a real risk when
> you hand-compile the bleeding edge versions of a stack of packages that
> they won't play nicely together.

I don't have direct access to the machine, which makes it harder for
me to install a diffrent versoin of the distribution than offered
by my provider. I'll try to manage to update to SuSE 10 though.

> Also, there's a fabulous tool for doing SuSE RPM package update
> management, called "fou4s". I highly recommend it over YaST, which doesn't
> know how to mix and match from multiple sources and reverts things at odd
> moments.

I'll definitly have a look at it. Thanks for the advice.

> Last, if you need the most versions, I see that SuSE publishes SRPM's for
> subversion 1.3.0 for SuSE 10.x: why not grab that SRPM, and update it to
> subversion 1.3.1 if you really need the most recent release? It should be
> safer, especially if SuSe eventually catches up and you wind up switching
> back to a default RPM: SuSe does some odd configuration things that will
> bite you hard if you don't use their versions of software. (Don't get me
> started on their dhcp and DNS oddnesses.)

I'll try that as soon as i managed to update to SuSE 10.

>>> Second, HTTPD version 2.2 is not yet well supported for Subversion.
>>> Go back to using the built-in HTTPD for SuSE, unless you want to be
>>> one of the developers who works out the problems.
>> I've also tried 2.0. Actualy i tried to install the whole thing with
>> the versions as they were given in the INSTALL file. This gave me
>> either the same or other non-working results.
>>> Third, if you need the latest version of Subversion, why not use the
>>> SRPM to recompile for your SuSE release? Pretty good ones are
>>> available from the Subversion website.
>> I'm not yet familiar with. I'll read up.
>>> Fouth, does it work with "file://" based operations?
>> Yes, file:// operations work perfectly.
> OK, good.
> Can you look into your HTTP logs for errors?

Yes, i can. When i try to access the repository i get this in my

 [Wed May 31 11:43:24 2006] [error] [client]
  Could not fetch resource information. [500, #0]
 [Wed May 31 11:43:24 2006] [error] [client]
  Could not open the root of the repository [500, #22]
 [Wed May 31 11:43:24 2006] [error] [client]
  Can't set position pointer in file '/usr/local/svn/repos
   /cpp/db/revs/0': Invalid argument [500, #22]

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