Subject: Re: pkgsrc-stable branch stories?
To: None <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: pkgsrc-users
Date: 04/17/2006 11:47:56
On Mon, 17 Apr 2006 11:18:14 -0400, Johnny Lam <> wrote:

> I'm curious as to how many people are using the pkgsrc "stable" branches 
> (pkgsrc-YYYYQQ).  The pkgsrc developers spend quite a bit of time 
> creating and maintaining these branches, and I want to get a feel for 
> whether this is time well-spent.
> I personally use the stable branch on production servers.  I find it 
> avoids the chaos of keeping up with rapidly changing PKGREVISIONs that 
> happen on pkgsrc HEAD at times.  I keep a sandbox handy for rebuilding 
> packages when there is a security update on the stable branch, and I 
> update all of my software to the newest stable branch every quarter.
> Is anyone else using the pkgsrc stable branch?  If so, how do you use it?

I'll tell you something you don't want to hear -- I tried it, but I gave
up.  The problem is that security patches weren't pulled up quickly enough
to the branches.  On stable machines, those are my primary reason for

		--Steven M. Bellovin,