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Re: TSVN 1.2.5 and 1.3

From: Toby Johnson <toby_at_etjohnson.us>
Date: 2005-10-19 22:29:18 CEST

FX wrote:

> I think most companies or teams of developers won't upgrade to 1.3
> branch until at least 1.3.1 or 1.3.2--unlike lone developers or the
> adventurous. This will probably be the case for both svn server and
> tsvn client.
> Another factor is Debian having subversion 1.1.4 in their recently
> released stable branch. A lot of places just prefer to track stable
> branch because of fast security updates and guaranteed compatibility
> for automatically updated packages. People tracking Debian's testing
> branch got burned by having to wait weeks or even months for security
> updates to various packages while the stable branch got updates right
> away. So don't be surprised if 1.1.4 servers remain popular for
> another 12 months or more.
> Anyway, a bugfix-only 1.2.x release would be highly appreciated but
> we understand if time/resource/preference of developers don't make it
> happen. Regardless of the decision, thanks and keep up the great work!

Remember, it is the stated goal of the Subversion team that all 1.x.y
clients can talk with all 1.a.b servers and the two "should" fall back
gracefully if talking with something older. Of course "should" doesn't
always happen, but the Subversion team will treat such cases as a bug
and issue a fix. They also do lots of regression testing of all clients
with all servers.

So, there's no reason not to use TSVN 1.3 when it comes out, even if
you're using a 1.1 or 1.2 server. And I'm sure 1.1.4 will be in general
use for much longer than another year -- RHEL 4, for example, will never
leave the 1.1.x line for "official" packages, and that distro has an
end-of-support date of 2012 or something like that.

It's rather common that a software project will issue only critical
(i.e. data-loss) bug fixes for previous versions, especially a project
such as TSVN with relatively few developers.

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