[CentOS-devel] Release farkage potential

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Sat Sep 8 19:50:23 UTC 2007

Roger Peña wrote:
> Well, I definitly can't see how the "3 sub-release
> deep" (4.5.x and 5.0.x, and so on) can work in the
> actual tree and procedure

the sub-releases will be like :

5.0.1 + 5.1.0 being released at the same time, and being the 2 release trees for 
CentOS-5 till such time as :

5.0.2 + 5.1.1 + 5.2.0 are released at the same time, which are then the 3 
sub-releases for CentOS-5 till such time as :

5.0.3 + 5.1.2 + 5.3.0 are released at the same time.

I hope this clears things up. There is no such sub-release plan for CentOS-4 ( 
that I am aware of )

> break the now procedure to "hardlink" directory 4 -->
> 4.<lastversion> 

that raises 2 angles to the same problem.

1) should people be moved along normally, as we do now, by /5/ always pointing 
at the latest version / newest set of packages - and let users opt-in to staying 
within a sub-tree, so they would need to manually choose to stay on 5.0.x when 
5.1.x is released.

2) We change the behavior completely and have /5/ only stay within the same 
sub-release, so when 5.1.0 is released, /5/ only points at /5.0.x tree. users 
would then need to make the manual choice of moving their machines to 5.1.x tree.

Personally, I would like to go with what we have in place, and have /5/ always 
reflect the latest ( highest number ) release within 5.x.x . This is also less 
likely to cause orphaned machines when sysadmins dont make a choice at the end 
of life for a sub-release ( eg. 5.0.3 comes to an end, where do they go then ? 
since 5.3.0 would have now been released, and the changeset from 5.0.3 to 5.3.0 
might be fairly large ). So I am going to vote for (1) above.

Karanbir Singh : http://www.karan.org/ : 2522219 at icq

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