Building Subversion from source on debian
The official debian packages for Subversion are kind of old; the latest version is 1.1. There is a more recent package available in the 'unstable' package source, but I'd rather just stay with the stable packages, because switching to unstable requires me to update a few hundred packes; and I'd just rather not..
To install on debian, perform the following steps:
- Download the subversion packages from the subversion site.
- Run (as root):
apt-get build-dep subversion libsvn0 libapache2-svn
This will install all the libraries you need to build subversion (among a few other packages to make a debian package out of it).
- Next, unpack the subversion files with:
tar xfvz subversion-???
- Next cd into the directory where the files were unpacked
- Run the regular:
./configure make make install
- You are done!
Anonymous •But hey, if
Says it's a stable release, why not, there's heaps of improvements/bug fixes in the latest version.
Evert •Yes, you are probably right.. but I believe debian has a pretty huge process in determining whats stable and what not, besides.. I think they might not have enough man-power to do this.
Another example is PHP, version 5 has been out since over a year now.. probably 2, but there is still no stable debian package for it.
Maarten •Debian has to check that subversion and it's dependencies play nice with 15.000 other software packages on 12 different hardware architectures (like x86, PPC, Sparc, Risc...)
It's the checking and the rechecking that everything works as it should that takes the longest time.
This does *not* mean that Debian's version is more stable than the current version. :-)
Maarten - Debian fanboi