When should a package be ubuntu-versioned?

Mike Bird mgb-ubuntu at yosemite.net
Tue Jan 3 21:18:58 GMT 2006

On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 12:40, Stephan Hermann wrote:
> Well thinking in real life terms, there are different solutions:

<snip four solutions which involve postponing the upgrade>

The driver is seldom "Let's go upgrade something!".  The driver is
often new requirements which cannot in conjunction with ongoing
requirements be satisfied by packages from a single release.

> 5. I'll install the minimum needed set of packages of my OS, and compile all 
> software for myself and put them into an internal repository, from where all 
> other servers/desktop can fetch the packages. 
> (and this is something really hard, but working solution, which needs at least 
> some sort of knowledge and some resources, but it exists in real working DC 
> environments)

That's certainly one solution.  However, if testing shows that using a
version from a different release works, why waste all that effort?

> This is not a flame, Mike, but believe me, I'm working >13 years in this 
> business, and I made all mistakes someone can manage to make,

I've more than twice that time as a software professional.  So what?
It's not the age, or the degree (MA Cantab), or the experience
(programmer, designer, team leader, release master, "Manager of
Quality Engineering"(!), senior consultant) ... it's the facts.

People have put a lot of effort into carefully managing SONAMEs.
Pinning usually works, and when it does it's a valid solution to be
considered on its merits along with other valid solutions.

--Mike Bird

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