[Pkg-postgresql-public] backporting slony 2.0 to lenny

Gerfried Fuchs rhonda at deb.at
Fri Jun 17 21:12:54 UTC 2011

   Hey, Daniel!

 I leave your message mostly uncut, I'm uncertain whether Laurent is
subscribed to this list, he does maintain the slony1 backport to lenny.

* Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at fifthhorseman.net> [2011-06-17 22:15:19 CEST]:
> I've prepared a backport of slony 2.0.4-1 (from squeeze) to lenny, built
> against lenny's own postgres 8.3  (a debdiff is attached here for the
> curious).  It builds fine; i have not done extensive testing with it yet.

 Sweet. :)

> Peter Eisentraut suggested that i post here to solicit feedback.

 Always a good idea!

> He also observed that slony 1.2 is already backported to lenny against
> the backported postgresql 8.4.

 That's right, and partly my "fault". Actually to make slony1 working
with the backported postgres 8.4 it was required to pull in the newer
slony1. That was from my understanding the most important difference
between the lenny slony1 and the squeeze one, besides the usual bufixes

> So if i go ahead and upload this to lenny/backports, there will be two
> slony-related packages in lenny:
>  slony 1.2 linked to backported psql 8.4
>  slony 2.0 linked to stable psql 8.3

 Looks a bit like a cross-over, but actually makes sense somehow.

> This could be a bit confusing, but i think it's OK.  My only concern
> would be what to do if someone wanted slony 2.0 backported but linked
> against the backported psql 8.4.
> One possibility would be to try to package slony 2.0 such that it makes
> two packages in addition to slony1-2-bin and slony1-2-doc:
>  postgresql-8.3-slony1-2
>  postgresql-8.4-slony1-2

 Actually, with my backports ftpmaster hat on, I fear I would have to
reject that. We want only minimum changes in the backported package. You
might want to ask Alexander Wirt for his opinion too, I just fear that
he would say the same.

> I'm not sure if this is feasible, but i'd be willing to try it for a
> future revision of the slony1-2 backport if people think that would be
> useful.

 The only thing that wouldn't be covered by the original idea (and best
chance for acceptance) would be 8.4 with slony1-2.

 For the future, if the current package in unstable would be prepared
for building against 8.4 and 9.0 currently (even when only one will be
built when wheezy gets done), that is, when the package has the
framework code already included and tested, just not active at the time
we get 8.4 removed, this might be something to discuss for allowing to
enter backports then (because it would be around like it would sit in
testing - and just not get disabled with a later upload like it would
happen in unstable).

 I though have no clue whether Peter would like to have that within the
regular package.

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