If you're just installing a Subversion client, the Subversion
team has created a package containing the minimal prerequisite
libraries (Apache Portable Runtime, Neon, and Zlib) called the
"dependency package" tarball or zipfile. You should be able to
find it at the same place that you downloaded the Subversion
tarball itself from. (Note that this is new as of Subversion
1.4.0; previous releases packaged the dependencies in the same
tarball as Subversion itself.) If you don't have these
libraries installed already, you can simply unpack the
dependency package "on top of" the Subversion package; for
example, if you are using a .tar.gz bundle on Unix, you could
$ tar xzvf subversion-1.x.x.tar.gz
$ tar xzvf subversion-deps-1.x.x.tar.gz
$ cd subversion-1.x.x
This will place 'apr', 'apr-util', 'neon', and 'zlib'
directories directly into your unpacked Subversion distribution,
where they will be automatically configured and built by
Subversion's build process.
Note: Because previous builds of Subversion may have installed older
versions of these libraries, you may want to run some of the cleanup
commands described in section II.B before installing the following.