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Re: taking over ICU, library/C++ transition issues

On Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 01:06:38PM -0400, Jay Berkenbilt wrote:

> After a private discussion with Ivo, we decided that I will take over
> maintenance of the icu packages.  The only reverse dependencies that
> are part of the archive are xerces packages which I also maintain.
> The version of ICU in debian is version 2.1.  The current version is
> 3.2.  Debian also includes version 2.8 as the icu28 package, but this
> package will probably be removed after 3.2 is uploaded and reverse
> dependencies of icu28 are moved back to the ICU package.  (Its only
> non-trivial reverse dependency is the "mail-notification" package.)

> There are API and ABI changes between 2.1 and 3.2 (not surprisingly)
> and also between 2.8 and 3.2.  There is also a C++ library here.

> Given that nothing urgently needs version 3.2, would it be better to
> wait to do the ICU library transition until after the C++ transition
> is done?  Do we have a time frame on that yet?

Yes, you should wait.  The ftp team has imposed a freeze on new C++
libraries, so uploading now wouldn't get it into the archive anyway.

> Please let me know if I should have posted this to debian-devel.  I
> posted it here because it pertains to a library transition and a C++
> transition.

Probably should have been on -devel.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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