I was trying to follow your tut today but run into two problems and could not build blender :-(
Here's the first one.
After making a dir on my Desktop called: blender_svn_17214
and following all your steps as you described, I get this error when I enter:
sudo upkg-build --verbose blender
The next line reads:
/home/me/Desktop/vga_blender_svn does not exist, dropping this repository
Can you tell me why (after following all your steps?) it is looking for "vga_blender_svn"?
Even renaming the dir on the desktop to "vga_blender_svn" does not solve it.
Where can i change this so that it will compile?
Maybe you could give an additional example in your tut that describes "/PATH/TO/YOUR/LOCAL_REPO/" a little better?
The second problem is that when I follow the tut to change the splash screen on this page: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/BlenderDev/EditingSplashScreen
I can not run this command: datatoc splash.jpg
Could you look into this and maybe track down what gives?
Sorry about the confusion :-)