[Pkg-postgresql-public] postgresql 8.2 packaging

Martin Pitt mpitt at debian.org
Sat Feb 28 13:16:23 UTC 2009

Markus Wanner [2009-02-26 17:42 +0100]:
> Besides, there's the upgrading problem: 8.1 has been shipped with etch,
> but is no longer provided with lenny. After an upgrade, you are bound to
> the 8.1.x version you have and you will miss all upstream bug- and
> security-fixes.

Right, it won't automatically get uninstalled. That's why
postgresql-common gives you a debconf note that 8.1 is obsolete and
you need to use pg_upgradecluster to upgrade to 8.3.

> I do not understand why Debian ignores that major advantage by
> shipping just one Postgres version.

Because we only officially support one. That doesn't mean that you
can't have other versions installed, that's the point of
postgresql-common. But the primary purpose is to provide a rock solid
and safe, and within those borders also easy and smooth upgrade
process, as well as running several supported clusters in parallel. It
is not really meant to encourage people to run ancient versions

> I'm happily running multiple 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3 versions in
> parallel over here.

Yes, that should work. However, NB that I dropped support for pre-8.1
clusters in the current unstable version of postgresql-common.


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