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Re: Incompatible Unison update



On 02/21/2008 11:54 AM, Jonathan Underwood wrote:
On 21/02/2008, Stephen Warren <s-t-rhbugzilla wwwdotorg org> wrote:
The unison package in Fedora 8 was recently updated to an incompatible
 version, which breaks (previously working) interoperability of F8 with
 other systems that have the older Unison version.

 See the details at:

 https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=433742

 I assume I'm correct in saying this was the wrong thing to do. What is
 other people's take on this?

I don't think it was the wrong thing to do - Fedora is bleeding edge,
and so incompatibilities will occur. You could argue for a
compat-esque package though, or better still, submit one.

Fedora is bleeding edge, yes. However, if every maintainer blindly pushed updates without thinking of how it would affect everyone, Fedora would simply be bleeding.

I think it's safe to say that we want to keep our users, not break them badly enough that they go to other distributions. It is good to update to newer software. However, doing so without considering the ramifications of doing so is bad. If it will cause many people to break, the packager maintainer SHOULD keep that in mind and CONSIDER shipping it only in rawhide.


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