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From Mark Phippard <>
Subject Re: How to safely upgrade svn on ubuntu 16?
Date Wed, 27 Feb 2019 23:00:49 GMT
> On Feb 27, 2019, at 5:24 PM, Bo Berglund <> wrote:
> On Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:44:25 +0100, 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 adjusted.


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