[Mageia-dev] Backports Summary

nicolas vigier boklm at mars-attacks.org
Wed Jun 27 16:53:44 CEST 2012

On Wed, 27 Jun 2012, andre999 wrote:

> nicolas vigier a écrit :
>> On Wed, 27 Jun 2012, andre999 wrote:
>>> Thomas Backlund a écrit :
>>>> andre999 skrev 27.6.2012 14:40:
>>>>> Thomas Backlund a écrit :
>>>>>> andre999 skrev 27.6.2012 10:47:
>>>>>>> I would favour adding the requirement that the dependancies of the
>>>>>>> backport must be available in the next release.  So that we would
>>>>>>> expect
>>>>>> This is esentially stating that we cant backport any bigger version to
>>>>>> mga2 /backports than mga3 will havein /release wich means when we hit
>>>>>> version freeze for mga3, it also freezes mga2 /backports...
>>>>> I'm not following this point.
>>>>> What I mean is that if backport xx for mga1 requires yy version 12 in
>>>>> mga1, but yy is version 13 in mga2, we would define the requires for yy
>>>>> to accept versions 12 to 13 (or maybe wider).
>>>> Point is what if you backport version 14 to mga1, and mga2 has version 13,
>>>> then upgrade path breaks.
>>> No problem.  If the requirements of version 14 are present in mga2, then
>>> the backport will (very likely) continue to work normally.  If the versions
>>> of the required packages change, they will be updated with the upgrade.
>>> Since version 13 of mga2 is less than the version 14 of the backport, it
>>> won't be installed.
>> There is no guaranty that requirements of version 14 mga1 backports are
>> all available in mageia 2. If it is linked with libsomething.so.1, but
>> mageia 2 only has libsomething.so.2, then there is a problem.
> That was my point.
> I was suggesting that it be required that backport requires be compatible 
> with newer releases.

And how do you check that it is compatible, without testing ? And how do
you test that it will be compatible with a newer release that is not yet
released ?

Maybe we can also require that backports are bugfree, so we don't have
to manage backport updates.

> In your example, cauldron would probably require the libsomething.so.2, so 
> if the backport requires could be adjusted to work with libsomething.so.1, 
> we would keep the requires compatible with libsomething.so.2.  If that 
> isn't possible, then it wouldn't be accepted.

We cannot link a program with both libsomething.so.1 and

> I'm no expert of course, but it seems to me that it would be generally 
> possible as long as there weren't important code changes made to make the 
> backport work.
> So it would largely be a question of appropriately adjusting the specified 
> requires.

A lot of requires are generated automatically, we cannot change them
(and changing them would probably be wrong). And a lot of requires are
not versionned, but implicitly require the version available in the
same mageia release, without any guaranty that it works with a different

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