Subject: Re: security fixes and 1.6 branch of pkgsrc
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: James K. Lowden <email@example.com>
Date: 01/07/2003 01:19:51
On Sun, 5 Jan 2003 21:28:13 +0100, Feico Dillema <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I like the idea of a
> stable (and secure) pkgsrc branch for at least the latest NetBSD
I think you're overlooking the NetBSD release cycle. I can name offhand
half a dozen packages I use that had several releases between NetBSD's
1.5.2 and 1.6. With 3000-odd packages in pkgsrc, you want to wait a year
before updating them?
Better would be to release a version of the tree whenever it happens to
stabilize, as measured by successful bulk-builds of the whole tree on
targeted platforms. For example, take a snapshot every Saturday at 3:00
UTC. Build it on sparc and i386 (and/or anything else that will do the
job in under a week!) Maybe add Solaris and Linux to the mix as host
OSes, if that's our goal. Post a list of broken packages. If that list
is zero, yippee, we have a release, pkgsrc++. Fork a branch, declare
victory, and go home.
Four times a year would suffice, IMO.