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From Campbell Allan <>
Subject Re: clients not supporting http?
Date Thu, 08 Jul 2010 14:13:19 GMT

On Thursday 08 Jul 2010, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 7:05 AM, Jason Aubrey <> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I recently set up svn over http for a project I'm involved with. One
> > user made the following complaints:
> >
> > (1) Some svn clients do not support the http protocol.  This
> > is a common occurrence when a user builds svn from source.
> >
> > Because the svn transport svn:// is the standard,
> > internal transport for svn, every svn client should
> > support it.
> Yup: if you don't have the HTTPD or Apache include files installed,
> known as the "httpd-devel" package under RPM based Linux distributions
> like RedHat and Fedora, you can't build the relevant software because
> you lack the compilation tools. The "./configure" script detects this
> and disables the relevant features.

Are you certain about that? Neon or serf provide the client with http support 
and are both in the subversion-deps source tarball. I'm fairly sure all the 
machines I've compiled on have never had the httpd-devel like packages 
installed (or in some cases any dev packages beyond the compiler). https 
support can be tricky as this will require either the openssl dev package to 
be installed or a local build handy.

I had to ask a friend, it seems on opensolaris it's a pretty ancient version 
of subversion provided in the packages (1.4ish) so it sounds like the user in 
question might have compiled his/her own.

> > (2) When i attempted to download a single-file,
> > svn complained that the file name was not a directory
> > name and rejected the request.
> You can't "check out" a single file, You can download it with the
> "export" command, or a simple "wget".
> > Is this true, that "some svn clients do not support http"?  This seems
> > unlikely to me. And I found
> > no examples when I searched google. I believe this user is on a Solaris
> > machine.
> >
> > Also, should he be having trouble downloading a single file?  I can
> > address this second issue
> > with him - I primarily wanted to get the list's input on the first
> > question.
> >
> > Thanks very much,
> >
> > Jason Aubrey
> He's probably trying to check it out, not download it. Checkouts
> create that ".svn" subdirectory, with its attached information about
> the other contents of the directory.


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