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Re: Backporting policy



Panu Matilainen wrote:
I think we should also consider upgrading in cases where all of the following conditions are met:
1) Absolutely zero cases where API changes would effect any distribution OR 3rd party software, because the updated package is a leaf node on the dependency tree. I suspect screen may be another leaf node.
2) Where having a common %{version} across multiple distributions would make it easier to maintain security updates, because patches need not be ported and tested multiple times.
3) Only by consensus of the list membership.


Thoughts?


I would add to that
4) New version doesn't have incompatible configuration file format changes

I suppose most end user applications can more-or-less migrate old settings to new format in such a case, which I think is ok, but if not then user settings should not break when upgrading a package. Of course it's even
more important for server software and such.



#1 above didn't exactly cover "command line options" that might change, so that should be added to the requirements too.


Warren




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