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Agile North Conference 2006 Report

Today was the annual Agile North conference held in Preston, Lancashire. It was a one day event with three different session tracks going on at once. Obviously there were lots of sessions that I wanted to attend but the ones that stood out the most were "Dealing with Customers" and "Storytelling with FIT".

The day started with a keynote speech from Rachel Davies who is a member of the Agile Alliance. It was great to finally meet a "face" of the Agile Alliance and to hear about how they formed and what their focus was. Rachel was a good presenter and kept the audience captured for the duration of her talk.
There was also a good amount of discussion in the Questions & Answers part at the end of her talk.

I had two key "take aways" from her talk:
Don't stick rigidly to the process if situations are changing
Get hold of a copy of "Waltzing with Bears" book
Dealing with Customers by Charles Weir of Penrillian

Charles held this sess…

Problems with Trac and backported Subversion on Debian Linux

After installing the backported package of Subversion last week and importing a pre-existing codebase into it I decided that now was a good time to put Trac on the server.

Following my previously blogged Trac installation & configuration guides I was able to get Trac up and running fairly smoothly with one small problem: the "Browse Source" button was failing reporting some issue with "svn" being an unknown repository type.

After some searching and thinking I realised that this was most probably due to conflict between the newer backported version of Subversion and the older Python Subversion bindings libraries.

Here's how I resolved this issue:

apt-get remove python2.3-subversion
apt-get install python-subversion

Refreshed my browser and everything worked correctly!

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Installing Subversion 1.3.2 using Backports on Debian (Sarge) Linux

Following on from my previousposts about installing Subversion from source, here are some notes on how to do it using backported Debian packages.

Add the following lines to your sources.list file in /etc/apt:

# backports
deb http://www.backports.org/debian sarge-backports main contrib non-free

Update your Apt sources list:

apt-get update

Uninstall any old Subversion packages:

apt-get remove subversion
apt-get remove libsvn0

Install Subversion with 1.3.2 as a specific version (this causes the backported version to override the stable version):

apt-get install libsvn0=1.3.2-5~bpo1
apt-get install subversion=1.3.2-5~bpo1

Check that the installed Subversion is the right one by using svn --version you should get something like:

svn, version 1.3.2 (r19776)
compiled Aug 12 2006, 12:05:49
...

Install the Apache2 Subversion modules:

apt-get install libapache2-svn=1.3.2-5~bpo1

Follow my instructions on Configuring Subversion (svn) on Linux (Debian Stable).

There you go!

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