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From Stefan Sperling <>
Subject Re: How to build GNOME Keyring for Subversion
Date Mon, 09 Aug 2010 12:55:03 GMT
On Mon, Aug 09, 2010 at 01:28:54PM +0100, Yudong Sun wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to build Subversion 1.6.12 with GNOME Keyring support. I
> have tried GNOME Keyring 2.30.3 downloaded from
> The configure and make of this GNOME Keyring version have been done
> with two pkg-config files created: gcr-0.pc and gp11-0.pc but no
> gnome-keyring-1.pc generated.
> I have also tried to install GNOME Keyring 2.28.2 downloaded from
> This version has an endless list of dependencies:
> GNOME Keyring 2.28.2:  GConf-2.28.0, GTK+-2.18.7, intltool-0.40.6,
> Libgcrypt-1.4.5, and libtasn1-2.5
> GConf-2.28.0:  ORBit2-2.14.17 and polkit-0.94
> polkit-0.94:  D-Bus GObject Bindings-0.5, intltool-0.40.6,
> Linux-PAM-1.1.1, gobject-introspection-0.6.8, and DocBook XML
> DTD-4.5
> ... ...
> That looks terrifying. I am almost giving up midway
> I'd like to know your experience on building subversion with GNOME
> Keyring. Which GNOME Keyring version works well with svn 1.6.12 and
> is there an easier way to do it? Your advice will be much
> appreciated.

Gnome-keyring's dependencies are outside of the Subversion project's control.
So I'm afraid we cannot do much about it.
Maybe try Kwallet? It might have a smaller list of dependencies.

The easiest way by far is using a distribution that offers readily working
build scripts or binary packages. Most current Linux distributions and *BSD
systems offer precompiled Subversion binaries with gnome-keyring support

Another possibility for a long-term fix to this problem would be contributing
patches to Subversion that allow Subversion to encrypt passwords using GPGme.
I'd very much appreciate any effort in this direction.


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