sqlite3 FTS5 on ubuntu xenial

Robie Basak robie.basak at ubuntu.com
Tue Jul 30 23:14:31 UTC 2019

On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 11:23:29PM +0200, Jonas Kvinge wrote:
> Is it possible that you can enable FTS5 for sqlite3 on ubuntu xenial.
> I noticed that all other (newer) ubuntu releases has it enabled, but
> FTS5 is actually available as of version 3.9 and Xenial got 3.11
> You simply add --enable-fts5 to the configure step in the rules file.
> See: https://www.sqlite.org/fts5.html
> I'm working on a music player and we just switched to FTS5, so unless
> it's enabled, users of Xenial won't be able to use it.

Please start by looking at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StableReleaseUpdates.
Feature enablements are permitted in LTS releases of Ubuntu, but there
are conditions, and it isn't as simple as just rebuilding with the flag
because of QA requirements and regression risk.

sqlite3 is known for the comprehensiveness of its test suite, so I don't
think it's out of the question with appropriate due diligence, and if
someone responsible stands behind the change in case of regressions, and
so forth. But, to be clear, this isn't a final decision.

It also strikes me that targeting Xenial for this kind of change is odd
given that Bionic has been out for a while now.

Have you considered releasing your music player as a snap instead? Then
you wouldn't be facing this problem, and you'd be able to support with a
single build all Ubuntu releases at once, as well as other

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