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Re: svn commit: r1293766 - /subversion/branches/1.7.x/STATUS

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:03:04 -0500

On 02/27/2012 06:22 AM, Stefan Sperling wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 09:40:57AM +0000, Julian Foad wrote:
>> For reference, r1235831's log message is:
>> > Improve the handling of the ssl-authority-files config option:
>> > allow leading and trailing whitespace on the filenames to make
>> > it easier for the user to format the list of files.
>> Are we willing to break our compatibility guarantees for the sake of
>> this convenience? I've added my veto to the STATUS file pending the
>> outcome of this discussion.
> I, too, think this doesn't make sense to backport.
> It's a behaviour change, rather than a bug fix.
> We also blocked changes like r1221463 from being backported, because
> cmpilato argued that "a rollback to an earlier patch release would
> break any bookmarks saved for URLs using the new syntax"
> The same problem can happen with configuration file changes such as this.
> We cannot control what happens to user configuration files during
> upgrade/downgrade.

Right. We've always operated under the assumption that if someone needed to
roll back to a previous patch release, the only change they experience is
the loss of bugfixes made since that patch release. If rolling back in this
case means that their config files no longer parse, that's a brand new
problem introduced by the rollback -- we don't want to go there.

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
CollabNet   <>   www.collab.net   <>   Distributed Development On Demand
Received on 2012-02-27 16:03:44 CET

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