Subject: Re: Upgrade from 1.5.x to -current on alpha
To: None <>
From: John Darrow <>
List: tech-toolchain
Date: 08/19/2002 03:46:02
Todd Vierling <> wrote:
>It already fails if the architecture or host OS doesn't match, so that you
>won't completely hose a system which is not appropriate for DESTDIR=/.  It
>would be nontrivial, but feasible, to add a check that the currently running
>kernel version >= the version.  This would be the "most
>correct" fix....

Well, while we're discussing rope availability issues, note that there
are some (infrequent) occations when it isn't even necessary to build
a new kernel - for example, all of the changes that have gone into the
-1-5 branch since 1.5.3 have been library security patches, thus while
a full build was useful to make sure that any statically-linked
binaries were updated, a new kernel wasn't necessary...

(And managements tend to prefer to see a version number like 1.5.3
than one like 1.5.4_ALPHA - I though the whole stigma (not to mention
confusion with the alpha port) surrounding _ALPHA suffixes had led to
us getting rid of them, especially on release branches - with 1.5.3
(which was in _ALPHA at the time of the discussion) jumping to _RC1,
and 1.6 starting at _BETA1...)


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