Apache Announces Subversion 1.9 Alpha

Today the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced the alpha release of 1.9.0. As usual, you can download the official source release from the ASF, or download our fully tested and certified binaries from our website.

The alpha release of 1.9.0 is intended to provide an opportunity for users to give their feedback early in the release process. During the 1.8.0 release candidate process we received some feedback on the behavior of conflict resolution that we found difficult to change without delaying the release significantly. With 1.9.0, we’d like to get feedback earlier not only to speed up our release process, but to support the continued production of alpha releases.

In particular, we’d like feedback on the improvements to the interactive conflict menus, the new reverse blame support, and the new svn auth command. We believe the interactive conflict menus in the command line client have been made easier to understand. Reverse blame now allows you to see when lines were deleted, not just added or changed by moving through history in the opposite direction. Likewise, changes to the svn auth command allow you to view and manipulate your authentication credential cache.

Given that this is an alpha, we don’t recommend it for production use since there are known issues (see the release announcement) and testing has not been fully completed to ensure it is stable.  Additionally, things will almost certainly change before 1.9.0 is released. But if you have a test environment and you can spare some time to look into it, we’d like to hear your feedback.

One thing you may notice about 1.9.0 is that we’ve focused on smaller features and performance improvements. The biggest change that’s coming in 1.9.0 is the new FSFS format 7 with logical addressing which will improve server performance.

For a complete list of new features and fixes, visit the Apache changelog for Subversion 1.9. We’ll be publishing more blogs about upcoming 1.9 features and improvements in the coming months so stay tuned here for more details.

You can download our fully tested, certified Subversion binaries here. Certified 1.9.0 alpha binaries are available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux 5
  • CentOS 6
  • CentOS 5
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Ubuntu 10.04

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