After installing Eclipse 3.4 (from eclipse.org – the version in the intrepid repository is still 3.2.2), I also wanted to install the subversion plugin. However, after I installed the plugin through the eclipse software update manager, each subversion operation showed the message “unable to load default svn client”. Searching google for this message gave some hints to add
-Djava.library.path=/usr/share/java/ -Djava.library.path=/usr/lib/jni/to eclipse.ini. Still, this was not sufficient – it is of course also necessary to install the appropriate libraries. These are contained in the package libsvn-java. After also installing this package, the subversion plugin is now working.