When should a package be ubuntu-versioned?

Ming Hua minghua-list at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jan 2 11:46:51 GMT 2006

On Sat, Dec 31, 2005 at 10:28:49AM -0800, Mike Bird wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-12-31 at 05:59, Stephan Hermann wrote:
> > On Saturday 31 December 2005 13:35, Mike Bird wrote:
> > > These tools manage packages across Debian, Fedora, Redhat, and
> > > Ubuntu systems.  They're useful for migrating, and have a rule-
> > > -based substitute for pinning e.g. "Start with Breezy but give
> > > me the Appletalk stuff from Hoary and the Subversion stuff from
> > > Dapper."
> > 
> > Why should someone wants to do this?
> That was a simplified version of a real-world example.
> Appletalk on their server wouldn't talk to one of their old
> workstations after upgrading from Hoary to Breezy, so we pinned
> it back to the Hoary version.  Later they needed a newer
> Subversion than Breezy provided.  They also have rules for Ruby
> and Trac and some minor stuff.  In all, they have a few dozen
> non-Breezy packages running on a Breezy foundation.

IMHO this should be done by backporting/forward-porting, mixing binary
packages from different releases is just asking for trouble (let alone
mixing Debian and Ubuntu packages).


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