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Re: When Debian 4.1 will arrive... will anyone care?

On Fri, Apr 20, 2007 at 05:36:57PM +0200, Frank Küster wrote:
> Craig Sanders <cas@taz.net.au> wrote:

> >> When using a backports package, the breakage is confined to that
> >> package. When pulling in newer libs aswell, it might be that some
> >> totally unrelated part of the system, e.g. another service on that host,
> >> breaks because of a change of behaviour in that library that is not
> >> triggered by the application for which I upgraded it.

> > all very good in theory.

> > the trouble with theory is that in theory, theory and practice are the
> > same...but in practice, they're not. practice trumps theory every time,
> > because it's what actually happens rather than what someone thinks might
> > happen.

> If you're so keen on practice, can you show any examples of breakages in
> backports, and explain how they would have been avoided by just
> installing the package and its dependencies from testing or unstable? 

Not that I agree with Craig's point, but you seem to be missing it here:
AFAICS, the argument is not that backports are broken, but that they're a
waste of time.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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