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Information about APR_ICONV_PATH

From: Martin von Gagern <Martin.vGagern_at_gmx.net>
Date: 2006-10-14 01:11:37 CEST

Hello!

With my 1.4.0 Windows ZIP build in a German locale I had two problems
which both were solved after setting APR_ICONV_PATH, but it took me a
lot of time to figure this out.

The hint to set APR_ICONV_PATH would have been in the INSTALL document
on the web, and the link http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/trunk/INSTALL
was indeed mentioned in the README.txt contained in the ZIP file. So it
was there, and partially I'm to blame. But still it would be nice to
save some future users the hassle.

The INSTALL document also contains a lot of compile time instructions
not at all relevant to the ZIP users, formatted at plain text. It is
easy to skim it, decide it's for building SVN, and discard it again. It
would be nice to have this as a separate doc, or as a HTML with anchors,
or even better, to replicate the ZIP relevant section to the README.txt
contained in the ZIP distribution.

While not noticing the solution in INSTALL, I was looking for it in the
FAQ as well as the issue tracker. I only found one of my problems in
http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=2372 but marked
INVALID. Maybe it would be good to add a remark about APR_ICONV_PATH to
the FAQ, perhaps even start a Windows specific FAQ section. There is
some Information in INSTALL, and grepping a complete trunk checkout I
also noticed packages/windows-innosetup/W32notes.txt which looks
interesting. And a comment on this issue might help as well.

OK, so what were these problems I was experiencing? For once all
non-ASCII chars in all messages were displayed as ?\### octal escape
sequences.

This did not worry me too much, but a more immediate problem was that
svn failed to ask me for user name and password when first connecting to
a http repository. It simply replied something about PROPFIND:
authorization failed. Specifying user name and password on the command
line served as a workaround, but a rather ugly one.

Only later did I find out that setting APR_ICONV_PATH solved this
password asking issue as well. Still a strange behaviour. It would be
very useful to have some feedback about why svn doesn't ask questions.

Greetings,
 Martin von Gagern

Received on Mon Oct 16 05:40:42 2006

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