Subject: Re: Version releases and current-freezes
To: Andrew McMurry <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/28/1998 11:44:59
On Mon, 28 Sep 1998, Andrew McMurry wrote:

: Where are announcements made about current freezes and upcoming
: version releases?

Except when a real release cycle is in place, -current (src/) is never
frozen.  However, pkgsrc is occasionally frozen as a matter of "check the
buildability of pkgsrc at this time" - and it was, in fact, frozen recently
and unfrozen today.

: I am subscribed to current-users, tech-kern, source-changes,
: port-arm32 and netbsd-announce and occasionally see references to the
: current version letter (eg 1.3G, 1.3H...), mini-freezes etc. but see
: no announcements of the letter changing or the mini- or not so mini-
: freezes happening.

The letter indicates a kernel interface level between releases - mainly for
API changes, such that "code written for 1.3A kernels may or may not be
buildable on 1.3B because of a kernel interface change."  The letter is
meaningless as to what is in userland at any given moment, too.

Occasionally portmasters do snapshots of various architectures to ease
transitions (or make it easy to get to -currentish without compiling).  The
sources aren't frozen for the snapshots; they are just built and packaged,
and sometimes not even tested well.

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.