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I currently have SVN server installed on my Linux Ubuntu machine, version 1.6.12.

I see that the latest version is 1.8.x and would like to update my installation to it, so I run:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install subversion
svnserve --version

And it's telling me that it's still running version 1.6.12...

What's going on here?!? How do I actually update my installation through apt-get?

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apt-get searches for the updates in the repositories created for your version of Ubuntu. The SVN server version is not likely going to change until you upgrade the whole system.

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Thanks @choroba (+1) - so you mean running sudo apt-get install * instead of sudo apt-get install subversion, or do you mean something else? Thanks again! – pnongrata Aug 29 '12 at 22:42
No, to upgrade your distribution, you should use apt-get dist-upgrade. It involves changing sources of all the repositories, takes a lot of time and can break things. Be careful, make yourself sure you really want it. – choroba Aug 29 '12 at 22:48
Ahhh gotchya, well... I'm using the latest version of Ubuntu (12.04) - so I don't think the distro version is the issue. It should have the latest version of SVN in it... – pnongrata Aug 29 '12 at 22:54
According to, 12.04 should use subversion 1.6.17. Are you calling the right svnserve in /usr/bin? – choroba Aug 29 '12 at 23:04

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