Thursday, June 5, 2008

Installing Subversion (svn) on Linux without Root Privileges

I know this should have been easy, but subversion (svn) has a lot of dependencies which must be there as well. There is no pre-built binary package for linux that you can install without root privileges.

I went to a number of searches on this topic, but finally the following worked for me:
1. download the latest subversion source from http://subversion.tigris.org/servlets/ProjectDocumentList?folderID=260&expandFolder=74

2. also download the deps (dependencies) source
3. untar both these using tar -zvxf in the same directory
4. run ./configure --with-ssl --enable-shared
The last option is needed, otherwise your build will fail (for more details see http://subversion.tigris.org/faq.html#relocation-against-local-symbol)
5. make

and now the subversion binary is ready. You can run it from bin directory. Set your PATH environment variable accordingly in .bashrc.

4 comments:

Philipp Keller said...

Thanks a lot. I just needed this today. Good timing of your post!

scheffield said...

, very nice hint the thing with the parameter

Kipton said...

This worked for me. I didn't see a bin/ directory but I did find the svn executables in the subversion/svn/ directory.

Jabapyth said...

thanks, this was very helpful