2.0 packages being removed from avalon

Vincent Stemen vince.dragonfly at hightek.org
Wed Sep 23 12:55:14 PDT 2009

On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:26:31PM +0200, Simon 'corecode' Schubert wrote:
> Vincent Stemen wrote:
>> On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:05:40 -0400 (EDT), Justin C. Sherrill wrote:
>>> Since 2.4 is out, and we'll have binary pkgsrc packages for it soon, the
>>> 2.0 packages are due to be removed.  If this will cause you trouble,
>>> please speak up.
>>> The plan is to keep packages for the current release (2.4) and the
>>> previous release (2.2), which gives us a binary package retention
>>> schedule of about a year.
>> If possible, I would recommend (and request) keeping packages available
>> for at least two previous releases rather than just one.
> It is really bad to keep around packages we don't build anymore, because  
> they get outdated and accumulate security problems.  And we don't have  
> the resources to keep building packages.
> I think we should keep around what we can build for at the moment, and  
> not a bit more.

Well, Justin did say "If this will cause you trouble, please speak up.".

Yea, I wouldn't expect you to continue building and maintaining packages
for very old revisions, but it is convenient to have access to the
original snapshot of binary packages for maintaining older machines, so
that packages can be added (or replaced if something gets broken or
deleted) without having to do a full upgrade.  It's up to you guys of
course.  We will probably go ahead and start downloading the whole
package suite, then, for major revisions to keep around locally for
maintaining any older installations we have.


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