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Re: How to prevent a library transition

Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> wrote:

> Le jeudi 29 septembre 2005 à 19:18 +0200, Frank Küster a écrit :
>> Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> wrote:
>> > Please don't do that. A library transition breaks packages in unstable
>> > for a while, but if we have both versions, we're going to have to deal
>> > with them for several *years*. That's what happened for libpng, and
>> > believe me, it's a nightmare.
>> Why do you think that we would have to deal with both versions for
>> years?  I expect no problems in compiling and using packages with the
>> new version, even if their upstream is dead for a while.
> Then you'll notice that many Debian developers don't rebuild their
> packages against new library versions, even when told to, until the
> package becomes uninstallable.

That's why I asked about the RC'iness of those bugs:  I expect that
after a short while, most packages have been recompiled, and it has
turned out that there are no problems.  Then I submit patches to the
remaining packages' bugs, wait for some time, raise severity, wait
again, NMU, and can remove the old library.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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