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Re: address@hidden: Re: Possible help with stable Emacs releases.]

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: address@hidden: Re: Possible help with stable Emacs releases.]
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 10:01:53 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (Kim F. Storm) writes:

>> emacs20 because there were many users who had code that they couldn't
>> afford to port immediately.  It can also be important because it may
>> take a while for all of Debian's Emacs sub-packages (calc, bbdb, gnus,
>> psgml, ...) to be updated to work with the new major version of Emacs.
> IIRC, 20.6 -> 20.7 was a pretty major update.

Well from what I recall, it wasn't nearly the same as say the Emacs 19
to Emacs 20 transition, at least from the Debian perspective.  I don't
recall any serious problems, though that doesn't mean that I haven't
just forgotten them.

> This could be another argument for using 22.1 for the next release.

Hmm.  I thought I saw some other posts that suggested that you were
going to number the next release 22.1.  If not, and if there really is
the potential for significant breakage, then please reconsider.  If
there may be trouble, what would be the argument against naming it

> I suppose there may be other cases like that, as CVS emacs include
> quite a number of new packages.

Changes like that may be less problematic for Debian.  For some subset
of problems of that nature, we can solve them using packaging
dependencies, i.e. (i.e. Conflicts: calc << X.Y.Z or whatever's
needed).  We can work that kind of thing out in unstable.

Rob Browning
rlb @defaultvalue.org and @debian.org; previously @cs.utexas.edu
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