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Re: pkg/39890

The following reply was made to PR pkg/39890; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Bernd Ernesti <>
Subject: Re: pkg/39890
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 07:44:37 +0100

 On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:00:06PM +0000, Michal Suchanek wrote:
 >  >  Ruby programs are updated to supoprt newer Ruby 1.8.7 (or 1.9 preview).
 >  Yes. I do not doubt that. On the other hand, I have not heard of a
 >  program that requires 1.8.7. And code written for 1.8.7 (using 1.8.7
 >  documentation) has high chance of failing on 1.8.6 or earlier.
 Code written for 1.8.6 have a much higher chance to fail once 1.9 is out.
 With 1.8.7 you get warnings what you should avoid to get it working with
 >  > >  On some platfroms ruby 1.8.7 is not available and it is not desirable 
 > to install this version for most Ruby users (as far as I can tell from the 
 > ML discussions).
 >  > What is the "some platfroms"
 >  "some platforms" include Windows, and probably packaging systems that
 >  are not as eager to pick bleeding edge stuff ;-)
 So it is not for an OS which is supported by pkgsrc.
 Btw, it it false that 1.8.7 is not supported on Windows.
 See where you can get it.
 Oh, and some packaging system still use an outdated version
 with security problems.
 >  > and "the ML discussions"?
 >  ruby-talk
 Provide a pointer to a URL with a statement from a ruby developer.
 >  > > >Fix:
 >  > > roll back ruby to 1.8.6 or provide a separate 1.8.6 package
 >  > Retiring ruby 1.8.7 to 1.8.6 pillage the use of functionality of Ruby
 >  > 1.8.7 and I don't think it is realistic approach.
 >  Packaging an incompatible version of the interpreter does not seem
 >  realistic either.
 Where is it incompatible?
 As mentioned above, you get more problems once 1.9 is out if you use
 1.8.6 right now.
 And on the url which i mentioned above you see:
  The current stable version is 1.8.7.
 So why should we go back to another legacy version?

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