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Re: Problems with 1.2.1

> On Fri, 10 Jan 1997, John Goerzen wrote:
> [snip]
> > Also in 1.2.1, I was disappointed that all of a sudden sendmail was upgraded 
> > from 8.7.6-patched (a known-stable version) to 8.8.4 (which has serious 
> > problems for UUCP or non-Internet-connected sites).  IM(NS)HO, this is 
> IMHO the main problem is the way we handle uploads to stable. We need
> something like a freeze for the 1.2.x versions, too.

How about having a frozen-stable and a frozen-unstable section?  (The 
frozen-unstable would not exist except when a new "major" release of the OS is 
pending, like the "frozen" distribution now)

This would perhaps help with the problems we're having now.  If we have 
frozen-stable as a permanent item, the policy could be set such that any 
placement of a package directly into stable is banned.  Packages that would 
normally go directly into stable could then go into frozen-stable for pending 
release in the next "minor" release of the OS.

But it still takes responsibility on the part of the maintainers -- there were 
some things that appears in 1.2.1 that should not have been in any version 
prior to 1.3 -- and if the maintainers still release those things into frozen, 
there is at least a better chance of somebody else catching the problem.

I first got Debian when 1.1 came out (so I don't have experience with pre-1.x 
releases of Debian), and that one was a very well-designed distribution.  All 
the minor revisions (I think there were 11 or 12?) worked smoothly.  I had no 

For some reason, 1.2 is not the same way.  Does anybody know why?  I think if 
we can find out what is being done differently here, maybe we can narrow down 
the problem.

In the mean time, I think it is a good idea to have a frozen-stable section.

> So perhaps we should change the policy for package releases in the
> stable-fixed distrib: There should be at least 3 people reviewing the
> newer versions and only if they agree, they could be included in the next
> release.

That sounds like a good idea.

John Goerzen          | Running Debian GNU/Linux (www.debian.org)
Custom Programming    | 
jgoerzen@complete.org | 

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