Subject: Re: separate "stable" collection (was Re: pkg/14284: xv-3.10anb1 binary uses wrong png)
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Alistair Crooks <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/18/2001 17:54:13
On Thu, Oct 18, 2001 at 10:51:44AM -0500, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> > Some problems with a stable pkgsrc branch:
> >
> >  - need volunteer(s) to care for it;
> >
> >  - updating entire "stable" collection to current pkgsrc may be a lot of
> >    work. But maybe not -- require (or suggest) that any change to stable
> >    must have a similar and appropriate change for the current collection;
> That really would be a lot of work.
> > Can someone setup a branch for pkgsrc that has a purpose of rarely being
> > changed? (Should I send-pr this?)
> A single branch, as you propose, would _not_ be rarely changed -- it
> would have to be churned for each release. It's not feasible.
> The more natural way, would be to have a branch for each point release,
> or rather, for each point release that gets a pkgsrc release.
> Consider, 1.5.2 got 1.5.1's pkgsrc, but it could have been tagged on
> netbsd-1-5-1 with minor changes, if there were such a thing. The norm
> would be to cut a new branch for each point release, right after the
> freeze. The "point branch" would be an alternative to the moveable tag
> we usually get, and would imply no long term committment to the branch,
> in contrast to the main repository's release branches.

Branching pkgsrc is not feasible at all.