(I think this is the correct board to post on, also considered StackOverflow but this isn't really coding, and serverFault but seemed lower level OS items)

After several hours trying to add matplotlib to Python, via various XCode and MacPorts adventures, I now find that Subversion is broken. Ideas I've found online don't seem to fix it, and even reinstalling hasn't fixed it.


The command:

svn -version

Produces this:

dyld: Library not loaded: @rpath/usr/lib/libneon.27.dylib
  Referenced from: /usr/bin/svn
  Reason: Incompatible library version: svn requires version 30.0.0 or later, but libneon.27.dylib provides version 29.0.0
Trace/BPT trap: 5

One other symptom:

Python is in an odd state. --version says 2.7.2. But now, if I try to import matplotlib, I get the OS X "python ended unexpectedly"

I don't understand the connection between python and subversion; the svn error is a higher priority to fix!


Mac OS X Mountain Lion, up to date, Java 7. XCode and Macports info below

Background / What I've Tried So Far:

I've found 3 svn executable, all give the same error:

  • /usr/bin/svn
  • /opt/subversion/bin/svn
  • /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/usr/bin/svn

Updated MacPorts OK

sudo port selfupdate
sudo port upgrade outdated

At one point tried switching to MacPorts' svn, completed ok, but result gives same error

sudo port install subversion

Checked that XCode is up to date (App Store reports 4.6.3 and up to date, though About Xcode says 3.2.6)

Reinstalled XCode command line tools. Now no longer under XCode Preferences, instead you download from the developer site. Got the version for 4.6.1 March 2013 (seemed to be latest), and installed OK.

I've thought about going after the neon stuff, but don't know much about it, and worried I might hose my system further.


The reason I didn't see Download Command Line tools in XCode preferences was because I was running the wrong copy of XCode. OLD XCode lives under /Developer, new XCode from the App Store lives under /Applications

Running the newer XCode under /Apps, I did update the command line tools, but I'm still having same error as before (library load error, etc, described at top of this post)


SVN was still working on another Mac, which I hadn't messed with python/macports yet, and then also on the "bad" mac if I ran as root.

Doing which svn on the good mac showed /opt/subversion/bin/svn, and svn --version gave 1.6.15 (r1038135) Nov 29, 2010 from CollabNet.

Long story short, I found two ways to get it working:

Method 1:

  • Path with /opt/subversion/bin/svn executable first (actually /opt/subversion/bin), and
  • DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/subversion/lib:/usr/lib

Method 2:

  • Path with /usr/bin/svn first, and

A few other notes:

  • I thought I had tried /opt/subversion/bin/svn before and it hadn't worked, but I was testing by renaming things and somehow the test must have been incorrect
  • I had thought to check LD_LIBRARY_PATH, but didn't think of DYLD...
  • Haven't revisited original python problem yet

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