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Building subversion on Ubuntu

From: Jason Morgan <jason1_at_cropwell.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 11:27:01 +0100


Now 1.5 is released, I'd like to move my repository from Win32/Apache to

So, I'm trying to build subversion1.5.0 under ubuntu server (Gutsy), but
have run into problems at the first hurdle.

On ./configure I get a message about

root_at_digger:/usr/src/subversion-1.5.0# ./configure
You don't seem to have Berkeley DB version 4.0.14 or newer
installed and linked to APR-UTIL. We have created Makefiles which
will build without the Berkeley DB back-end; your repositories will
use FSFS as the default back-end. You can find the latest version of
Berkeley DB here:


root_at_digger:/usr/src/subversion-1.5.0# ./configure --with-berkeley-db=/usr
configure: WARNING: APR-UTIL may or may not be using the specified
                     Berkeley DB at `/usr'. Using the Berkeley DB
                     supplied by APR-UTIL.
checking for availability of Berkeley DB... no
configure: error: Berkeley DB 4.0.14 wasn't found.

Complete configure logs here.

db4.4 and db4.4-dev are both installed, I have also tried with BerkeleyDB4.4
source build installed and pointed to its lib install folder with the same

Googling this problem results in many instances of it in the past, so I
don't think its specific to 1.5, though I can't find a resolution.
Methinks the problem is a mistake in the configure script that makes
assumptions about where certain thing exist. I've no idea what apt-util is,
but I suspect that it's party to the cause.

Any help appreciated, I'm stuck.


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