[Mageia-dev] replace mysql by mariadb ? (was HEADSUP: mariadb available for testing)

Colin Guthrie mageia at colin.guthr.ie
Thu Dec 1 01:38:23 CET 2011

'Twas brillig, and Luc Menut at 30/11/11 23:28 did gyre and gimble:
> Le 30/11/2011 22:34, Maarten Vanraes a écrit :
>> Op dinsdag 29 november 2011 00:21:04 schreef Maarten Vanraes:
>>> so please, test mariadb, build stuff against lib64mariadbclient18 , and
>>> give opinion to which option to choose: A/B .
>> ok, so :
>> 3 people vote B
>> 0 people vote A
>> 0 people have disagreement
>> ==>  100% agreed
> Please, you should first ask on the ML with a proper subject like "[RFC]
> replace mysql by mariadb for mga 2 ?" and don't hide this
> choice/question in a thread where you announce that mariadb is available
> for testing. And wait at least one week, so that people have time to reply.
> Do you know some distribution that have done this replacement?
> I just quickly look at 3 main distributions;
> - Fedora doesn't seem to have mariadb,
> - OpenSuse has mariadb, but still builds there packages againt mysql,
> - Debian doesn't seem to have mariadb.
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=565308
> and this replacement doesn't seem to be so easy as you claim:
> e.g. http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=284810
> Do you agree to fix all the bugs introduced by the replacement of mysql
> by mariadb?
> When this was discussed a first time on this list, Nicolas Vigier
> proposed to start with mariadb as an alternative:
> "I would start with mariadb as an alternative. Then drop mysql later,
> if/when it's confirmed that mysql is really dead and we could check
> that mariadb is a good replacement."
> https://www.mageia.org/pipermail/mageia-dev/20110408/003919.html
> I agree with this, and I think that it's still a sensible choice.


While I don't envisage any major problems for myself with this, I am
also a little concerned as mysql is one of the few packages I actually
rely on for my day job, so I'm a little wary of having the choice
removed for me (I like to keep minimal differences to the live
environment where ever possible and while this intention pretty much
always bogus as I have different versions, but at least at the moment
it's the same project). It's not a huge deal for me to build my own
mysql packages if I decide I need them, but I'd certainly rather avoid
this if possible.

And if you do decide to do it, please do announce it in an official
thread and gather feedback as Luc mentioned.



Colin Guthrie

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