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From "Bo Berglund" <>
Subject RE: How to safely upgrade svn on ubuntu 16?
Date Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:54:13 GMT
>> On Feb 27, 2019, at 5:24 PM, Bo Berglund <> wrote:
>>> I am running svn on Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS.
>>> It reports the following:
>>> $ svn --version
>>> svn, version 1.9.3 (r1718519)
>>>  compiled Aug 10 2017, 16:59:15 on x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
>>> The Ubuntu machine acts as a backup for a Windows 16 based VisualSvn
>>> server running at a separate location.
>>> Backups are performed using nightly svnsync commands via the Internet.
>>> The Ubuntu machine and svn were setup for this purpose about a year
>>> ago and since then Ubuntu has been kept updated using apt upgrade and
>>> apt dist-upgrade as adviced on the login screen when I regularly check
>>> in via PuTTY.
>>> But it seems like svn is not being touched by these operations....
>>> So what is the advice on what to do in order to at least get to the
>>> latest 1.9 stable release of svn on this machine?
>>> It seems like that would be 1.9.10...
>>> Since this is a production backup server I am reluctant to risk
>>> breaking it, obviously.
>> More questions after some extensive googling:
>> On terminal (PuTTY) login this headless server machine displays:
>> New release '18.04.2 LTS' available.
>> Run 'do-release-upgrade' to upgrade to it.
>> Since the svn I use is from the Xenial repository (for Ubuntu 16.04
>> LTS) maybe there will never be a later svn version there?
>> If so is it safe to use do-release-upgrade (as suggested on login) to
>> move from Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS to 18.04.2 LTS instead in order to switch
>> to a newer ubuntu update repository and therefore get subversion
>> upgradeable to later versions?
>> Will I risk damaging the svn installation or repository data by doing
>> so?
>> Or do I have any other option?
>Is this a client or a server?
>If the client then generally it is very safe to do. The only question might 
>be if you are using any other SVN clients besides the command line that are 
>using the SVN libraries. Even then it is generally very safe but worth knowing 
>more details.
>If it is a server it is also fairly safe. The main concern would be the Apache 
>server version change from the upgrade and whether the Apache conf needed to be 

It is a server.

Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS headless installation.
Its purpose is as a backup for the main server through nightly svnsync.

(Replying directly by email since the Gmane news server seems to have stopped 
forwarding my messages.)

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