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This weekend I’ve upgrade my laptop to Ubuntu Karmic Koala. The upgrade was easy and Karmic looks and runs smoother than the previous version. I encountered one small problem with Python setuptools and subversion.

I use Setuptools 0.6c9 to create Python eggs. It happens that the latest Setuptools won’t play well with subversion 1.6 (shipped with Karmic).

When creating an egg with:

python setup.py bdist_egg

I got this error:

subversion unrecognized .svn/entries format

You can fix this by running a patch from the setuptools team, download the most recent patch from the issue page. Find out where setuptools lives in your site-packages and apply the patch. More details here if you’re not familiar with site-packages and applying patches.

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