Subversion won’t install

Hello readers!

Below is another issue I’ve seen a few times now and I figured it’s worth writing a post about.

Situation: Client cannot install subversion or another binary on his dedicated or VPS server via yum. They get an error such as:

subversion-1.4.2-4.el5_3.1.x86_64 from base has depsolving problems
--> Missing Dependency: perl(URI) >= 1.17 is needed by package  subversion-1.4.2-4.el5_3.1.x86_64 (base)
subversion-1.4.2-4.el5_3.1.i386 from base has depsolving problems
--> Missing Dependency: perl(URI) >= 1.17 is needed by package  subversion-1.4.2-4.el5_3.1.i386 (base)
Error: Missing Dependency: perl(URI) >= 1.17 is needed by package  subversion-1.4.2-4.el5_3.1.i386 (base)
Error: Missing Dependency: perl(URI) >= 1.17 is needed by package  subversion-1.4.2-4.el5_3.1.x86_64 (base)
You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem
You could try running: package-cleanup --problems
package-cleanup --dupes
rpm -Va --nofiles --nodigest

To repair this, you have to install perl-URI but it really doesn’t give many details as to how. To fix this on CentOS 5.6 just do the following:

wget  http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5.6/os/x86_64/CentOS/perl-URI-1.35-3.noarch.rpm
rpm -ivh perl-URI-1.35-3.noarch.rpm

Then retry the installation via yum for subversion. Please note, the wget link changes depending on CentOS version. For Centos 5.5:

wget  http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5.5/os/x86_64/CentOS/perl-URI-1.35-3.noarch.rpm
rpm -ivh perl-URI-1.35-3.noarch.rpm

And for CentOS 5.4:

wget http://mirror.centos.org/centos-5/5.4/os/x86_64/CentOS/perl-URI-1.35-3.noarch.rpm
rpm -ivh perl-URI-1.35-3.noarch.rpm

Thank you all for reading and I hope this helps everyone solve another common issue more quickly and efficiently.

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