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My SUSE (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64)) got installed old svn. I want to upgrade it but if I download package for Packages for SLE 11 and try to install it via zypper install subversion-1.7.5-83.1.x86_64.rpm I get

Problem: nothing provides libserf-1.so.0 needed by subversion-1.7.5-83.1.i586
 Solution 1: do not ask to install a solvable providing subversion = 0:1.7.5-83.1
 Solution 2: break subversion by ignoring some of its dependencies

Is it ok to choose either 1 or 2 or cancel installation process and do it different way?

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It already describes the problem in your error description: Problem: nothing provides libserf-1.so.0 needed by subversion-1.7.5-83.1.i586 this means your new subversion depends on a libserf-1 package which is either not available or you only have the wrong version –  Ulrich Dangel Jul 11 '12 at 9:25
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You'll probably find that you're going to need serf and possibly neon installed.

libserf or libneon (OPTIONAL for client)

     The Serf and Neon libraries both allow the Subversion client
     to send HTTP requests.  This is necessary if you want your
     client to access a repository served by the Apache HTTP
     server.  There is an alternate 'svnserve' server as well,
     though, and clients automatically know how to speak the
     svnserve protocol.  Thus it's not strictly necessary for your
     client to be able to speak HTTP... though we still recommend
     that your client be built to speak both HTTP and svnserve
     protocols.  Your client can be compiled against either
     libserf or libneon (or both), as they offer competing
     implementations.

I don't believe binaries exist for SLES to install these libraries, so you'll need to download and compile serf (and/or neon) from source.

After that, be sure to run ldconfig before attempting the SVN install again, so that the newly installed serf libraries are seen.

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Follow instructions on http://software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=devel:tools:scm:svn&package=subversion to get the latest subverstion installed.

zypper addrepo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:tools:scm:svn/SLE_11/devel:tools:scm:svn.repo
zypper refresh
zypper install subversion
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