Subversion, Snow Leopard, etc.

Today’s project: get subversion working again on the iMac.

Step 1: update MacPorts.

sudo port -d selfupdate

(If you forget the sudo part, the update fails with strange errors.)


configure: error: in `/opt/local/var/macports/sources/':
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH

Looks like I need to get XCode working first.

I was under the impression that the Snow Leopard installer also installed XCode: the installer had a check box (that I checked) implying as much. But the iMac still has XCode 3.1, which is the Leopard version. Time to upgrade.

Off to for XCode 3.2, which at 749MB is a rather substantial download. This might take a while.

Later: download complete. (It took nearly an hour.) Now installing.

XCode installed. Second try at updating MacPorts:

Congratulations, you have successfully installed the MacPorts system.


However: MacPorts does not show Subversion as installed. This is because Subversion is, as of OS X 10.5, built in.

I knew that. Oops.

My repository is intact, and accessible from the command line on the iMac. So the only problem is getting at it via http. Investigation continues.

Later: It appears that the Snow Leopard upgrade removed /etc/apache2/other/svn.conf, which is why web access to the subversion repository is currently broken. Following the directions given in the very useful article How To: Manage Your Own Subversion Repository In Leopard (which is still online, at a different url than it used to be), I recreated svn.conf, pasted

LoadModule dav_svn_module /usr/libexec/apache2/

<Location /svn>
    DAV svn

    SVNParentPath /Users/Shared/svn

    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "Subversion repository"
    AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/svn-auth-file
    Require valid-user

into it, restarted Apache – and there was joy in Muddville. I can browse the repository, command-line svn works, etc., etc.

(The other half of the Apache configuration – /etc/apache2/svn-auth-file – survived the Snow Leopard upgrade, so I didn’t have to create it.)

Next: getting MySQLdb working with Python 2.6, so I can use my pedometer web thingy again. I took some notes, when I installed MySQLdb on Leopard, last year. Maybe last year’s incantations will work on this year’s OS X.