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Re: Bug#293167: ITP: request-tracker3.4 -- Extensible trouble-ticket tracking system

On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 04:46:51PM +0000, Stephen Quinney wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 06:17:50PM +0200, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> > ti, 2005-02-01 kello 15:25 +0000, Stephen Quinney kirjoitti:
> > >  This is the 3.4 series of RT, it can be installed alongside the 3.0
> > >  and 3.2 series without any problems. This release is a big
> > >  improvement over previous versions and features many new features,
> > >  substantial performance improvements and a significant cleanup and
> > >  restructuring of the codebase.
> > 
> > What is the a reason every version series of Request Tracker needs to be
> > packaged, instead of having a single request-tracker package that gets
> > updated with newer versions?
> The changes between major versions of Request Tracker are typically
> substantial and one usually wants the opportunity to test an
> installation of the new version alongside the old version. If a user
> has made lots of local alterations (via RT's overlay system) they
> probably won't work without being updated to the new API. This method
> gives people a much easier upgrade path.

The same could be said of a lot of packages in Debian.  Why can't users do
roughly the same thing as they do for every other application in Debian --
test new releases of software separately before they go running around
dumping them on production boxes?

- Matt

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