Subversion 1.6.3 on Ubuntu 9.02

Since installing subclipse I’ve got same problem I’ve already had on MacOSX when my subversion command line client (1.5.x) started to complain that the repository was already used with a newer version. Downgrading repository version works, but not a very nice solution, so I have decided to get the latest version. Apparently this is not just an aptitude command, but a little more. This is what have worked for me finally:

Download the source code for 1.6.3 (or later when it becomes available) and the corresponding dependencies from You have to have the following files in the case of 1.6.3:

  • subversion-1.6.3.tar.gz
  • tar xvf subversion-deps-1.6.3.tar.gz

Download the OpenSSL from if you need https support:

  • openssl-0.9.8k.tar.gz

Then perform the following commands:

sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev

tar xvfz subversion-1.6.3.tar.gz
tar xvfz subversion-deps-1.6.3.tar.gz
tar xvfz openssl-0.9.8k.tar.gz

cd openssl-0.9.8k

cd ../subversion-1.6.3
./configure --with-openssl=/usr/local/ssl --with-ssl --with-zlib=/usr/include --without-berkley-db
sudo make install

Having all this I’ve got working subversion (client) 1.6.3 under Ubuntu 9.02 .

TIP: If you done all above and typing svn --version still shows the default 1.5.x try another console. The installation of subversion apparently adds a new path which not picked up on the fly.