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Re: An old idea, brought back to life

On Sat, Dec 19, 1998 at 11:33:43AM -0700, Zooko wrote:
> > I think what you're missing is a change in release philosophy. As it
> > stands now, a release is an all-or-nothing proposition. Packages that
> > aren't ready delay the release of packages that have worked reliably for
> > months. What we could do instead is move packages into stable as they
> > are ready instead of waiting until all of unstable is ready. This is
> > especially useful for new packages, e.g., one that is released just
> > after a freeze, and which might otherwise wait a year to make it into
> > stable.
> Similarly, i want to run a "stable" release of Debian, but 
> inevitably there is a small set of packages that i need to 
> upgrade past the "stable" version (either because of bugs or 
> because e.g. i want to start using newer features of a 
> compiler).
> There is not, AFAIK, any obvious way that this should be done 
> currently.  It would be nice if i could specify per package 
> whether i want that package to track the stable or unstable 
> branches.

Now that is a fine idea.  It makes a lot of sense because it means
that we can upgrade and downgrade a package meaningfully.  It also
means that we can test the inclusion of a set of packages into the
release archive.

> (Note: "hold" isn't quite the solution, because it very much 
> need security bugfixes even for all my "stable" packages.)


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