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Re: Downloading SVN command-line client binaries for Windows

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 09:50:35 -0400

On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 08:49, Jesper <user_at_example.com> wrote:
> Hi.
> This is what I was looking for: SVN command-line Windows binaries. I didn't
> want to change my computer's configuration, so I wanted something I could
> extract from an archive, and not some setup tool.
> I went to http://subversion.tigris.org/ and clicked Windows binaries. I was
> given 5 options:
> 1) CollabNet (Certified binaries)
> 2) Tigris.org: Apache 2.0
> 3) Tigris.org: Apache 2.2
> 4) SlikSVN: 32 and 64 bit client MSI
> 5) VisualSVN (VisualSVN Server)
> So, I wanted a client, which in my mind would rule out 2), 3) and 5). I
> tried 1), but I was not allowed to download anything from there. It seems I
> have to become a customer of theirs to download, and I certainly did not
> want to do that.

CollabNet is a FREE registration. Nothing to be scared of. It's a very
good package.

2) and 3) include both client AND server components (and do not
include Apache). If you don't use the server components, all you're
doing is giving up about 10MB of disk space.

> Then I tried to find something on Google without any luck.

I once tried to find something on Google and failed too. And then I
tried different search terms and did find something.

> I tried option 4), where I extracted the msi with 7zip. It contained a cab
> file, which I extracted with WinRAR. That contained some files, which
> sounded right, but when I tried using it, it complained about a missing dll,
> and I could not find out what to do about that.

Why are you doing this? The MSI is meant to be installed directly, not
tinkered with on a whim.

> Then, even through I looked for a client and not a server, I clicked on
> option 3). I then found a list with a lot of unrelated stuff, but in the
> end, there was a zip. It worked!
> All in all, I used almost an hour to find a download for SVN. Would it be
> possible to make it easier to find? I find it very counter-intuitive, that I
> have to click a link saying *Apache*, when I want a *client*.

The builds on tigris.org include both client and server components,
and different versions are required for Apache 2.0 vs. Apache 2.2, so
a clear distinction is made.

The links are provided on the front page. The packages do document
what's included with them. Your own stubbornness (see above, refusing
to sign up for a free account w/ CollabNet, screwing around with the
pre-packaged MSI, not reading the documentation) resulted in it taking
an hour.

> If you want to reply to me, you can do so at
> mail atsign jesperkristensen,dk
> But plase do not put my email address in some public mail list archive in an
> unencoded form. Use Bcc.

You already put your own address on the mailing list by posting. You
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Received on 2008-10-16 15:51:19 CEST

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