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I'm something of a ubuntu newb. I'm trying to get subversion, so I enter:

apt-get install subversion

I'm getting a 404 on subversion and all its dependencies. E.g.

Failed to fetch

I've checked and that URL is indeed broken. Rather has versions 1.4.6, 1.5.1, 1.6.5 etc.

As I understand it, in order to get 1.4.4 I should find a mirror with 1.4.4 and include it in my sources.list file. (Is this correct?)

However what if I want to keep my current mirror and get one of the subversion versions listed on this mirror. I've tried

apt-get install subversion=1.6.5

but I get E: Version '1.6.5' for 'subversion' was not found

So, my question is, how can I tell apt I want to get subversion 1.6.5?

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If you're getting a 404, it means that the file in question is not on the server. This probably means that your local package list is out of date. Update it with

apt-get update
apt-get install subversion

To see what versions of a package are available for installation on your system, do

apt-cache policy subversion

It'll tell you which versions of subversion are available for installation. It will also tell you which version would be installed if you don't explicitly ask for a specific version.

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Hmmm, I run apt-get update and get a bunch of 404s as well. E.g. Err gutsy-security/restricted Packages 404 Not Found – bingle Nov 29 '09 at 8:34
gutsy is no longer supported by the Ubuntu project. I'm guessing that the repository has moved to an archive somewhere. Unless there is a reason that you want to stick with gutsy, I would suggest upgrading to either hardy (8.04 with long-term support) or karmic (9.10). To do that, just edit /etc/apt/sources.list and change all occurrences of gutsy to whatever codename you want to upgrade to, then do apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade. – Rudedog Nov 29 '09 at 17:48

When an Ubuntu release becomes unsupported, it is moved to If you change the host for all your gutsy-related repositories from <whatever> to and then perform an apt-get update; apt-get install subversion it should all work nicely.

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