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Re: Inexcusable BDB upgrade triple blunder

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: 2006-02-19 06:52:25 CET

[Eric S. Raymond]
> Whoever is responsible for this triple-play of incompetence should be
> deeply ashamed. It reflects badly in the entire dev group.

Talk to the fedora packagers, I guess.[*] This sort of thing is exactly
why we have distributions. I'm sure they were aware of the upgrade
issues, since that's pretty fundamentally a part of software packaging.
They should have documented an upgrade procedure that works on their
platform, and arranged for admins to see it when they upgrade, however
that is done in fedora. Or stuck with db4.2, not that this is
necessarily convenient (if you use the system libaprutil, it dictates
your db version).

[*] Potential conflict of interest on this counter-flame: I'm the guy
    who documented db4.2->4.3 for subversion in debian, and fussed
    about it for a week or two before releasing it, afraid that I'd be
    culpable for all manner of downtime or even data loss if I got it
    wrong.

As for those who don't use software from their distribution - anyone
compiling his own software without heed to DB version upgrade issues
apparently hasn't been around very long. These things affect most
software that stores data in Berkeley DB.

Received on Sun Feb 19 06:52:47 2006

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