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

On Fri, Jan 09, 2004 at 11:19:18AM +1000, Andrew Pollock wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 04:41:13PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 09, 2004 at 08:15:16AM +1000, Andrew Pollock wrote:

> > > Mutter mutter.

> > Is the previous "master-filter" implementation no longer viable code?
> > Could you not grab it from an old version and ship it with the new
> > lprngtool?

> Possibly. I'm going to have to look into it further, but from what I can
> figure out, that master-filter was just some shell script, which
> automagically determined which printer specific filter to use. The new
> version of lprngtool seems to have switched over to using ifhp in a similar
> manner.

> I'm of the philosophy that a Debian package of upstream software should
> reasonably accurately represent what you'd get if you nipped off and grabbed
> the source tarball yourself and built it. For that reason, I'm reluctant to
> bolt on part of lprngtool 1.1.1 onto lprngtool 1.3.2, but that is just my
> personal philosophy towards packaging, to avoid breakage, it may workout
> better to do as you've suggested.

FWIW, I disagree; providing continuity of functionality across upgrades
is one of the most important value-adds we offer over upstream tarballs.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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