OS X Mavericks Updates to SVN 1.7: How to rollback to Subversion 1.6

So I’m not an early adopter but after updating my personal Mac to Mavericks with little issues, I decided to upgrade my work Mac as well.

Besides Mavericks not shipping with Java and breaking all my hard work with Jasper Reports, I soon after discovered that it had also upgraded my Subversion to 1.7 which stopped me from being able to check in my code.

So I found this little tip from Kevin Broome that fixed my issue quickly.  I figured it could be done but Keven actually found where the old SVN 1.6 lived on the hard drive.

To summarize:

1) Make a backup of your SVN 1.7

sudo mv /usr/bin/svn ~/Documents/svn_1.7

2) Point to 1.6 in paths

sudo nano /etc/paths

3) Add the following to paths


4) Check SVN version

svn help

That’s it, you should see Subversion 1.6