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Small How to setup Subversion 1.6.6 on Debian Lenny

Small How to setup Subversion 1.6.6 on Debian Lenny

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Subversion (SVN) is an open source version control system. It allows users to keep track of changes made over time to any type of electronic data. Typical uses are versioning source code, web pages or design documents.

Installing the latest Subversion (svn) version 1.6.6 is a bit more difficult than just running apt-get install subversion, as the latest stable version in Debian Lenny is considered to be SVN 1.5.1 not Subversion 1.6.6

Edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list and Add the line below to

# deb lenny-backports main contrib non-free

Add the public key from lenny-backports by running the following command

# wget -O – | apt-key add –

Now update the latest package definitions

# apt-get update

# apt-get -t lenny-backports install subversion

Check that you now have the correct version by running

# svn –version
svn, version 1.6.6 (r40053)
   compiled Nov 23 2009, 16:16:41

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Subversion is open source software, see
This product includes software developed by CollabNet (http://www.Collab.Net/).

The following repository access (RA) modules are available:

* ra_neon : Module for accessing a repository via WebDAV protocol using Neon.
  – handles ‘http’ scheme
  – handles ‘https’ scheme
* ra_svn : Module for accessing a repository using the svn network protocol.
  – with Cyrus SASL authentication
  – handles ‘svn’ scheme
* ra_local : Module for accessing a repository on local disk.
  – handles ‘file’ scheme
* ra_serf : Module for accessing a repository via WebDAV protocol using serf.
  – handles ‘http’ scheme
  – handles ‘https’ scheme

I recommend you to always use the latest version (but hey backup/dump your repository before), you’ll see later that with Apache  #Maven, it is also resolving some issues.

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Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.