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Re: Updating scanners and filters in Debian stable (3.1)

Will Lowe <harpo@thebackrow.net> writes:

> Say someone implements a significant new feature in spamassassin to
> handle a particularly virulent new kind of spam, and this new feature
> doubles the code size of the source.  It's probably possible to rip
> that new code out of the upstream source and "backport" it into the
> stable version -- but I'd argue that the resulting binary is not much
> like the original "stable" one.

Programming is not a matter of "ripping out code".  Backporting
requires actually understanding all the changes, not some kind of
mechanical process.


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