martin at tuatha.org
Thu Mar 15 18:18:29 GMT 2001
On Thu, 15 Mar 2001 17:09:57 Donncha O Caoimh wrote:
> This applies equally well to Debian and Red Hat systems, but whenever I
> hear Debian people talk about upgrading packages they seem very blase
> about the risk of breaking their system. Maybe I'm off on a tangent and
> the Debian system is so great it doesn't break any apps but I wonder.
Well, every so often the unstable distribution lives up to its name -
that's why it's called unstable.
At worst when there were some major libc screwups, I whipped out the ILUG
BBC and had it fixed in about 5 mins. Of course it was me who broke it
that badly by trying to fix the existing screwup where nothing would
resolve. Moral of the story is don't play with your your core libraries
unless you know _exactly_ what you're doing.
But yes, we keep mission critical packages on hold until they're tested on
other machines. Keeping packages on hold is, funnily enough, another nifty
feature of apt/dselect/dpkg.
 Interesting but correct apostrophe case just to bring in the other
part of this discussion.
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