Re: How do you "move to testinng/etch"?
On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 04:14:18 +0000
firstname.lastname@example.org used the keyboard to craft this:
>|> Subject: How do you "move to testing/etch"?
>|You may already know this, but just in case you don't . . .you need
>|understand that the decision to track testing instead of stable or
>|unstable is a serious one, with potentially serious hazards. Many
>|people have the concept in their heads that testing is a fairly
>|robust distribution that's less risky than unstable -- something
>|"more current than stable, but less dangerous than unstable." That
>|isn't true, because that isn't the purpose of testing. When things
>|break in testing, they can often stay that way for an extended
>|of time -- viz. two occasions last year when first GNOME, and then
>|KDE, were uninstallable out of testing, and broken for those
>|testing closely, for more than a month in each case. That's not
>|because of the developers doing anything wrong; it's just the nature
>|of what testing is. If your reason for wanting to upgrade to
>|is because you see it as splitting the difference between stable
>|and unstable, you need to read about what testing is and how it's
>|(automatically) put together.
>|OTOH, if you already knew all the above, cool, sorry for being
>|long-winded, maybe it'll be helpful to someone else.
It was, thank you.
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