[Mageia-dev] Backports policy clarification (and discussion)

AL13N alien at rmail.be
Fri Jun 8 21:07:11 CEST 2012

Op vrijdag 8 juni 2012 19:56:52 schreef Samuel Verschelde:
> Le vendredi 8 juin 2012 19:35:28, Sander Lepik a écrit :
> > I don't think that we need to support backports that much. It should be
> > clear that backports might not get all security updates. We should
> > guarantee that it's possible to upgrade to next stable release and that's
> > about it. We really don't have resources for more.
> That backports are supported is the key point of the policy, which was
> discussed and validated months ago. It's not a "let's throw in random
> packages" media, it's part of the distribution. Resources will limit the
> number of different packages we are able to backport AND maintain, not the
> quality of our support.
> So I'd like us to discuss the way to attain this objective rather than try
> to force users needs to fit with what's simpler for us. Solutions probably
> revolve around taking backports into account during upgrade, which is
> doable. Hard, maybe, but doable:
> - online upgrade can use backports media for packages not coming from
> release. If we don't know where a package comes from we can start storing
> that information somewhere, or guess (any package with higher version
> installed than that in target distro's updates should be updated using
> backports media). - DVD could detect packages which can't be updated (in
> fact, it should do it already since there are already, DVDs having limited
> space), and warn about them. DVD upgrade should also, if possible, detect
> dependency problems *before* actually upgrading. Then if network is
> available ask the user if they want to use online media for safer upgrade.
> Samuel

sounds like someone wants to make a Feature wiki page

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