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Re: Downgrading a package to get it into upcoming release

On Wed, 17 Feb 2010, sean finney wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 09:24:30AM +0100, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > On Tue, 16 Feb 2010, Antonin Kral wrote:
> > > Epochs as well as +reverted will definitely work but looks a bit too
> > > hackish to me.
> > 
> > Epochs have been designed precisely for this. It's not hackish... but they
> > are somewhat ugly and some users do not understand them.
> imho epochs are intended for dealing with new versions that don't sort
> properly compared to previous versions, not for forcing users to downgrade
> their packages to a previous version, which could cause data loss and other
> non-fun stuff.

It all depends on how long the bad version has been available and in which
distribution it was. Imposing this if the package was already in stable
would be stupid, but in sid it's common that people upload experimental
packages in it and then use an epoch to revert that.

Raphaël Hertzog

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