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Re: Do I need 'unstable' for development?

On Wed, Mar 28, 2001 at 06:21:38PM +0200, T.Pospisek's MailLists wrote:
> Nazdar,
> On Wed, 28 Mar 2001, Karel Gardas wrote:
> > I have one question regarding creating debian package. Do I need
> > unstable debian for this task? I'm asking because I run potato now and (if
> > possible) wouldn't like to switch to unstable.
> No, you definitively don't need to run unstable. It's better if you run
> and develop on potato since then your package will also run there and
> potato users will also be able to use your package. On the other side it's
> always better for testing/unstable if people run them so, bugs get sorted
> out...

I think it is better to run unstable for building new packages, since :

 1) no new package will get into potato anyway.

 2) in running unstable, you help debugging it, which is required of
 developper in the later stages before a new release at least.

 3) you will build your package against newer versions of the library.

What does policy say about this exactly ? I think it is to use unstable, but i
am not sure.

Ideally, you would also have a chrooted stable environment, to build potato
bug fixes or other such things. Or vice-versa ...


Sven Luther

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