[Pkg-postgresql-public] postgresql 8.2 packaging

Martin Pitt mpitt at debian.org
Mon Mar 2 14:35:57 UTC 2009

Cédric Villemain [2009-03-02 15:15 +0100]:
> We can perfectly push it out of stable if it become a security or stability risk
> for the user.

No, we can't. Things that are in stable remain in stable. We can
hardly remove packages from all those DVDs, CDs, etc. out there. :-)

> I am not really aware of all debian things, but the file
> http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt list out the actual removals,
> including removals from *stable*.

If that ever happened, it is a gross exception, presumably for things
which were determined to be undistributable (license issues).

Aside from the fact that removing packages from stable releases is
very wrong, it wouldn't help us in this case. Instead of a package
not being available any more after a dist-upgrade (which happens all
the time and is perfectly normal), you'd now get it when using a
stable release.

We can't pull supported packages from stables, that would break user's
trust in Debian severely.

> PS: I know it drive us to a new issue : 'hey what will I do if my app is using
> 7.4 and it is removed from debian ?' -->  answer 'hey, this is totally obselete,
> we can not maintain it, keep your postgresql server installed and upgrade ASAP'.

How is that a new issue? It's the very answer we give if you upgrade
from etch to lenny and still need 7.4 or 8.1.

Martin Pitt                        | http://www.piware.de
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