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Subversion install for Eclipse Helios 3.6

By admin in : Development, Technology, Tutorial // Dec 22 2010

SVN Connector Error

SVN Connector Error

So I recently upgraded from Galileo to Helios and although I tried to use the upgrade instructions online, I had to many dependency issues and had to do a fresh install.

I decided to start from scratch and removed the eclipse folder, deleted all cached and preference data and wiped out the workspace/.metadata.

I downloaded the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (because the Classic version does not have the new Eclipse Marketplace) and started to reinstall some of the most useful plugins.

This is when I ran into the issue with the Subversive Connector. I went to Help > Install New Software and pulled up the ‘Helios –’. I opened up the Collaboration tree and scrolled down and chose the ‘Subversive SVN Team Provider’ and installed it. After the install you will get a prompt to install the connector (your choice of SVNKit or JavaHL) with the Subversive Connector Discovery window. I chose the connectors I wanted, but when I tried to install, I got an error. The error ‘Cannot complete installation – Problems occurred while performing installation: Operation details’

Install Window

Install Window

I viewed the error log and was able to find there was a missing dependency. After searching the web using Google, I was able to find a solution.

In order to resolve this you need to enable a subversive repository. Go to Help > Install New Software and then click the “Available Software Sites” link. In the window, you will get a list of available software. Scrolldown the list and look for Select it and then click the ‘Enable’ button and the click ‘OK’.

Subversive Update Site

Subversive Update Site

Back on the install window, click into the ‘Work with:’ field and either type in or select the Here you will find a list of options for install. I unchecked any ‘Optional’ choices and then installed (Next > Next > ‘I Accept…’ > Finish).

Clean Connector Install

Clean Connector Install

After the Eclipse IDE installs, choose ‘Restart Now’. For me the Subversive Connector Discovery window came right back up. If it doesn’t for you, try to create a new SVN Project. I chose my Subversive SVN connectors and clicked ‘Finish’ and presto the installation continues without error.

I hope this is helpful to anyone with a fresh install.


About the Author

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Andrew Alba is a Software Engineer who resides in the Minneapolis-St Paul since 2010. Andrew has almost a decade and a half of web development and advertising experience. Andrew is currently employed with The Lacek Group in Minneapolis, MN after spending almost three years with Internet Broadcasting in St Paul, MN and five years with Interive Media Group in Fargo, ND. Andrew enjoys developing solutions using CFML, JavaScript/AJAX, Java, PHP and anything else he can steal from the web.

18 Responses to "Subversion install for Eclipse Helios 3.6"

  1. Tiran December 23, 2010 4:57 pm

    Thx for that just waht i needed…

  2. Denis January 4, 2011 1:25 pm

    YOU ROCK ! Thanks this works perfectly.

  3. schwiz January 5, 2011 3:13 am


  4. Janosch January 6, 2011 6:51 am

    Thank you!

  5. Vivek January 9, 2011 2:41 am

    Good Work,

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  7. Robert Quinn January 25, 2011 9:16 pm


  8. Maese January 26, 2011 5:01 am

    i cannot install connectors, using the subversive version “Subversive-incubation-0.7.9.I20100512-1900″ and i get the messages:
    requires ‘ [0.7.9.I20110101-1700,1.0.0)’ but it could not be found

    in the last step before install the conectors i can downgrade to Subversive0.7.9.I20110124-1700, and with this the connectors installation works fine thanks

  9. John January 26, 2011 7:39 pm

    Thank you!!

  10. Ale January 27, 2011 10:49 am

    This fixed my SVN PlugIn Installation .

  11. Wangwst March 30, 2011 8:11 am

    Thank you~~~!!
    help me a lot

  12. Fredrik Attebrant April 14, 2011 7:42 am

    Great help! But… my struggle wasn’t over until I manually installed the Subversive Connector from Help:Install New Software by selecting “Update Site –” in “Work with” and there selecting the connectors I wanted. Is this a MacOS problem?

  13. Prog April 15, 2011 9:11 am

    Thanks, but that is about installing subversive, not subversion.
    There is a difference

  14. Magnus Karlsson June 10, 2011 10:13 am

    A little quicker way is to choose “Help > Eclipse Marketplace” and Search for “Subversion Pack”. Info frame makes the following statement:
    A ready-to-install Eclipse client for the SVN version control system (Subversive)
    with the necessary connectors to run on Subversion 1.6.
    The Yoxos Team has assembled this feature to provide Subversion users with a
    fast and complete installation. Install this feature if you are unsure of
    which components you need, or simply want a fast solution.

  15. Pete C January 18, 2013 1:09 pm

    I needed to get the SVNKit connectors (having not chosen them the first/only time I got the Connector Discovery Dialogue) worked for me.

  16. Pavan March 5, 2013 1:14 pm

    This is really helpful, Thank you, I nstalled atlast SVN and its connectors successfully at Helios

  17. Rohit April 25, 2013 12:14 am

    Thank you. It worked.

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