Re: Problems with 1.2.1
> On Fri, 10 Jan 1997, John Goerzen wrote:
> > 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
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
That sounds like a good idea.
John Goerzen | Running Debian GNU/Linux (www.debian.org)
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