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Re: Subversion 1.5

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-26 15:34:10 CEST

Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> First of all, sorry for sounding "demanding". This was *by no means* my
>> intention. My intention was simply to ask why it's not on the 1.5/1.6
>> schedule/list of suggested features, even though it has come up several
>> times on the users mailing list. This is what I did and nothing else.
> I think the best explanation is probably that the big feature for 1.5
> was going to be merge tracking. But a survey was recently conducted to
> ask whether people would like to wait for merge tracking (which I
> believe they said would take at least another 6 months of development),
> or have 1.5 now, with a lot of smaller fixes which have already been
> made, which in and of themselves might merit a release. People had
> differing opinions on whether 1.5 without merge tracking should appear
> now, or whether to wait for 1.5 with merge tracking later. In any case,
> true renames is, as I understand it, a major undertaking, and adding
> another big feature on top of what's already in 1.5 would delay the
> release by much longer, and that's no good. Better to release what's
> done now, or wait a little bit and release it with merge tracking, and
> plan rename support for a later release.

One thing that projects might want to consider in planning updates is
that their numbering scheme can affect the way Linux distributions
handle the rollout. "Enterprise" distributions like RHEL are unlikely
to include an update to what looks like a major revision (and since 1.3
to 1.4 had incompatible changes, the number after the dot seems to
denote a major revision). Instead, they backport any serious bug fixes
and wait for the next distribution release (perhaps years) before
changing package versions. If everything stays backwards-compatible with
no existing behavior changed, calling it 1.4.x would have a better
chance of being included as-is as an update to distributions that
currently have a 1.4 version and get it in a lot of people's hands much

  Les Mikesell
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