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Re: xerces upgrade/transition

On Sun, Nov 06, 2005 at 10:37:53AM -0500, Jay Berkenbilt wrote:
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:

> > Actually, depending on the details, uploading xerces27 during the KDE
> > transition might have made things *easier*... oh well. :)

> /me experiences brain gears turning

> How's that?  Because some packages could have switched from depending
> upon libraries that were tangled in the transition to libraries that
> weren't?  Or more fundamentally, because transition xerces27 into
> testing doesn't make anything uninstallable since xerces25 and
> xerces26 are still there and then moving applications that depend upon
> xerces25 of xerces26 over to xerces27 results in the transition of
> xerces25 and xerces26 no longer making those applications
> uninstallable?  Perhaps having uploaded xerces27 and getting gdal and
> friends to switch to it would have broken the link between icu/xerces
> and unixodbc, thereby allowing them to transition on their own.  gdal
> wouldn't have been able to go, but it wouldn't have been keeping
> xerces out.  Is that right, or am I still missing something?

Yes, that was my point in a nutshell.  I didn't do any analysis to see
*which* packages it would have been better to rebuild against xerces27 first
in such a case, but splitting the unixodbc-using packages from the non-odbc
packages probably would've been the way to go.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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