SVN is a version control system that eXist uses to keep track of
development. (similar to CVS, which is what it used to use.)
When people on the list talk about their SVN copy, or the latest from
SVN, they're usually talking about getting the very latest development
If you aren't used to SVN but you still want to test the latest
version of eXist, (and are using windows) just do this.
1) install TortoiseSVN 
2) create a new folder
3) right click on folder and choose "SVN Checkout"
4) type in the url "https://svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/exist" (as
listed on eXist SVN page )
5) hit the "..." button, select the trunk/exist1.0" folder
6) check out project
7) build as usual
8) Share and Enjoy
note: it appears that Sourceforge's SVN server was down when I was
writing this, (so I couldn't get you the right url) but it should
Once your comfortable with that, read the SVN book  and try out
some of the other clients.
Hope this helps,
Daniel E. Renfer (http://kronkltd.net/)
On 6/1/06, Toar <toar.imanuel@...> wrote:
> Dannes Wessels <dizzzz <at> gmail.com> writes:
> > These modules are available in SVN only, which will be a snapshot in
> > the near future. Do you use SVN?
> I'm sorry but I don't understand SVN.
> Probably I am not using it since the function calls didn't work