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About svndigest

svndigest is a tool to extract development information and statistics from a subversion repository. Svndigest is written in C++ and extracts repository history using the subversion API. The resulting report is written to a user specifiable directory in HTML format.

See the file NEWS for the user-visible changes from previous releases. In addition, there have been bugs fixed.

svndigest is free software. See the file COPYING for copying conditions.

Directory bin contains main program and is location for svndigest binary. Directory m4 contains additional autotool macros required for creating the build environment. Directory doc contains documentation mainly in file readme.txt. Most of the code can be found in directory lib. Directory test contains the code for tests and the test repository (see README.developer).


svndigest can be obtained from


For documentation see the file doc/readme.txt.


  • Subversion development files, i.e., header files and program libraries, version 1.9 or later.
  • This item should not be an issue if item above is fulfilled; the Apache Portable Runtime (APR) should be available if the subversion API was successfully compiled. Subversion depends on APR and in consequence, the dependency is inherited by svndigest.
  • PLplot,, version 5.10.0 (or newer) is required to generate graphics in the output. You can build svndigest without PLplot if you run configure with --without-plplot. If you output plots in PNG format, it is recommended to install plplot with pngcairo or pngqt devices.
  • pkg-config utility,, is used to query information about PLplot headers and libs. It is possible to configure and build without pkg-config, but we recommend that you have pkg-config available because it makes detection of PLplot much more automatic and convenient.
  • A standard C++ compliant compiler with one extension: svndigest must be compiled with a C++ compiler that supports 'long long' types - GCC does this. This requirement arises from the fact that one of the underlying libraries, APR, is using 'long long'. APR is written in C and the C standard allows 'long long'. Even though the source is compiled with the -pedantic flag (which should catch the non C++ standard 'long long') there is another flag to suppress 'long long' diagnostics, -Wno-long-long.

Installing svndigest

In file INSTALL you'll find the generic FSF install instructions. To compile and install svndigest you can follow the usual autotools path:

  • ./configure
  • make
  • Optionally, make check to run test programs. Some test programs are not enabled by default and the disabled tests should only be run by developers.
  • make install

The ./configure script accepts a few options of interest for svndigest. You can provide ./configure with APR, subversion, and PLplot API location information with --with-apr=DIR, --with-svn=DIR, and `--with-plplot=DIR, respectively.

If you grabbed the source from the subversion repository you need to run ./bootstrap to setup autotools files (see README.developer).


The development of svndigest can be monitored through

You can find most information concerning the development of svndigest at this site.

Bug Reporting

You can report svndigest bugs on

Use user svndigest and password svndigest. For more details please refer to section 'Reporting failures' in file test/README.

Subversion Access

The svndigest source repository is available via anonymous subversion access, issue:

svn checkout svndigest

See file README.developer for developer specific information. We make no guarantees about the contents or quality of the latest code in the subversion repository: it is not unheard of for code that is known to be broken to be committed to the repository. Use at your own risk.

Copyright (C) 2005, 2006 Jari Häkkinen
Copyright (C) 2007, 2008, 2009 Jari Häkkinen, Peter Johansson
Copyright (C) 2010 Peter Johansson
Copyright (C) 2015 Jari Häkkinen
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