Subject: Re: pkgsrc-stable branch stories?
To: None <pkgsrc-users@NetBSD.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 04/17/2006 11:47:56
On Mon, 17 Apr 2006 11:18:14 -0400, Johnny Lam <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb