[Pkg-mediawiki-devel] Bug#728347: Bug#728347: Bug#728347: News about new upstream version of mediawiki

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Wed Dec 25 13:11:43 UTC 2013

On 23 December 2013 13:04, Thorsten Glaser <t.glaser at tarent.de> wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Dec 2013, David Gerard wrote:

>> (Particularly given Debian's idiosyncratic
>> default to the not-well-supported Postgres rather than the
>> highly-supported MySQL/Maria).

> Actually, Debian defaults to the not-even-a-real-ACID-database
> MySQL instead of a proper database, by ordering of the package
> dependencies. It’s just me who insists on keeping his systems¹
> free of MySQL and consorts, with advice from several DBAs.

MySQL is defective in great depth, it's true. It pains me when I have
to use MySQL for something because it's the supported platform and
something usable and sane isn't.

But MySQL is also the platform MediaWiki is developed against, and
Postgres isn't, and this last fact is important. This question was
originally about moving the package to 1.22.0. You do realise that
MediaWiki 1.22.0 didn't work in Postgres, and no-one picked up on this
because no-one tested it against Postgres, at all?

Postgres is better in every way than MySQL. But MediaWiki is developed
against MySQL, and if you point it at Postgres then stuff will break
unpredictably for your users. Hence "idiosyncratic".

- d.

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