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Re: Woody retrospective and Sarge introspective

On Tue, Jul 30, 2002 at 10:54:01PM +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> I wouldn't call that a minor problem when it involves the update of
> hundreds of packages with new (not very well tested) code. By pushing
> those in unstable/testing we're effectively making sarge unreleasable
> until things settle down (several months imho).

You keep saying "unstable/testing".  If it's really true that such
large updates go into testing before they're releasable, then that
means testing is not living up to its purpose.  If so, then that should
be fixed by changing the way testing works, not by adding yet another
distribution which does what testing was supposed to do in the first place.

In other words, once you add "candidate", what is the purpose of "testing"?

> And when you have
> several large updates like this one which cross in the thime (perl-5.8,
> gcc3.[12], xf4.2, kde3, ...), you get many troubles to effectively "freeze"
> the distribution ...

I don't think so.  What happens is that testing lags behind unstable
for a while.  I expect that a manually-updated distribution will lag
even worse.

Richard Braakman
"I sense a disturbance in the force"
"As though millions of voices cried out, and ran apt-get."
  (Anthony Towns about the Debian 3.0 release)

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