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Re: Advice on how best to handle non-backwards compatibility

On Wed, Jan 07, 2004 at 01:55:49PM +1000, Andrew Pollock wrote:
> I've recently adopted the lprngtool package, which was in a bit of a sorry
> state, and packaged up a new upstream version, which addressed a number of
> the longer term bugs. It's in unstable at the moment.
> I've just discovered that an /etc/printcap entry made with the stable
> version of lprngtool is completely incompatible with the new version of
> lprngtool.
> I'm wondering how best to proceed. I'm not sure that I can on-the-fly
> convert the printcap.

Treat it just like a fresh installation with a pre-existing printcap -
whatever that means. The fact that the existing printcap was created
with an old version of lprngtool is no more interesting in this case
than if it were created by hand.

I hope it doesn't do silly things in that scenario - that would be a
more serious issue.

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