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Re: package update policy

* Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org) [061203 20:48]:
> Ritesh Raj Sarraf <rrs@researchut.com> writes:
> > I just wanted to know if Debian has a policy (timeline) for inclusion of
> > a newer release of a software.
> No, it doesn't.
> Individual maintainers may set such a policy for their own packages, but
> Debian has no distribution-wide policy on how fast newer releases of
> software are included.  It's not really possible to set such a policy
> across the board; sometimes one never wants to incorporate a newer release
> of a piece of software for some reason.

(I couldn't resist nit-picking, sorry)

With the exception that release policy specifies:
| 5. General
|  (a) Supportable
|        Packages in the archive must not be so buggy or out of date we
|        refuse to support them.

But of course, what that means can be quite different in different
cases - so in the end, it is (mostly) the maintainers decision (as you


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