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

blind Pete 0123peter at gmail.com
Sat Jun 9 09:08:16 CEST 2012

Samuel Verschelde wrote:

> Le vendredi 8 juin 2012 20:20:54, David W. Hodgins a écrit :
>> On Fri, 08 Jun 2012 10:22:41 -0400, Samuel Verschelde
>> <stormi at laposte.net>
> wrote:
>> > I think you missed my point. If Mageia 1 "backports" has higher
>> > versions than Mageia 2 "release" (not backports), upgrade can fail
>> > because currently our tools do not take backports from the target
>> > release (mageia 2) into account when upgrading a distro.
>> In the upgrade from Mandriva 2010.2 to Mageia 1, it was made clear, that
>> upgrading from a system with 2010.2 Backports was not supported.  It may
>> work, but was not recommended.
>> I think we should keep the same policy for the upgrade from Mageia 1 to
>> 2.
>> I.E.  Don't use backports if you are planning on later doing an upgrade,
>> rather then a clean install.
>> That way, Mageia 1 users who want firefox 13 can get it, without us
>> having to replace the Mageia 2 iso images with an upgraded installer,
>> that will keep backports enabled for 2, if it was enabled for 1.
>> Regards, Dave Hodgins
> Again, this is not the policy we adopted. When we defined the backports
> policy (together, although it seems most people are just discovering it
> now) we said that we didn't want to have backports that don't work, break
> a system, or prevent upgrade.
> However, I think that for DVD upgrade without internet access this is a
> sensible option. But the upgrader should detect the situation itself, not
> hope that the user will read somewhere in the release notes that it's not
> supported.

No, just include Cauldron's backport repositories (disabled by default) 
inside the DVD iso.  Upgrade to the release version, if possible.  
If that is not possible, upgrade to the version in backports.  

> And there should be a way for those who have internet access to upgrade
> online *with* backports too.
> Samuel

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