Re: Why back-porting patches to stable instead of releasing a new package.
On Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 07:24:09AM -0500, Luca - De Whiskey's - De Vitis wrote:
> ... said that your points are good, it may be useful to define a forum for the
> discussion of cases like phpgroupware or snort. In the end i whould say that
> there must be a general behaviour, but we should leave space for discussion:
> packages are not all the same. I don't like the "pessimistic" approach of
> saying "we discourage": i would rather say that the behaviour described in
> Policy/developers-reference are trusted, solid but general, and that some
> particular cases may be discussed on debian-whatever list.
Do not even start thinking about something like this.
If you start asking you will likely find more than thousand packages
where someone will have a good reason for an update of the package in
Debian 3.0. If only every 10th of these updates introduces a new bug
(IMHO a conservative estimation) these packages will bring 100 new bugs
into _a released stable_.
"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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