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Re: OT: latest stable version not recommended

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: OT: latest stable version not recommended
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 16:35:10 -0700
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<address@hidden> writes:

> Can I validly talk Apple into upgrading their provided gzip to 1.3.5
> when this is not in the stable category (for _whatever_ reason[s])?
> If 1.3.5 is fine to use, it needs to be assigned as such, or Apple
> would find an argument to close the bug rather quickly.

Debian stable uses gzip 1.3.5.  Solaris 10 uses gzip 1.3.3.  (Both
have added patches, for security reasons.)  Anybody using gzip 1.2.4
in this day and age ought to have their head examined.

> Perhaps to bring this back on-topic, I could ask the same thing about
> coreutils: when 6.3 is considered stable, it would be easy to open an
> ADC bug for it -- but now we must also add bison-2.3 and m4-1.4.7 to
> the growing list of requisites, with no documentation saying so, these
> were "learned on the job" so to speak.  ;)

No, not at all.  Bison 2.3 and M4 1.4.7 will not be prerequisites for
building coreutils 6.3.  They are prerequisites for bootstrapping
coreutils, but you don't need to bootstrap to build.

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