You're right. Patching very old releases will become more difficult. But
those patches are rare and most of the time not very large, so the merge
should not be a big problem.
Either one actual version of pgAdmin which supports everything back to 7.3.
or different versions which targets different postgresql releases. Currently
we have a hybrid - that's not very good, I think.
2011/6/15 Guillaume Lelarge <guillaume(at)lelarge(dot)info>
> On Wed, 2011-06-15 at 08:14 +0100, Dave Page wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 6:57 AM, Guillaume Lelarge
> > <guillaume(at)lelarge(dot)info> wrote:
> > > On Tue, 2011-06-14 at 23:41 +0100, Dave Page wrote:
> > >> We don't tend to remove the old code as that can lead to painful
> > >> amounts of refactoring to make things look right afterwards. If you
> > >> feel so inclined though, go ahead and do some cleanup.
> > >>
> > >
> > > I don't see why we should remove old code that still works. That we say
> > > we don't "officially" support older versions than 8.2, that's one thing
> > > I would understand. Working on dropping code that should work to make
> > > sure no one can use it with older versions is something I can't
> > > understand.
> > Well we don't actually know that it does still work, as we haven't
> > tested it. I regularly find myself refactoring code for old versions
> > of Postgres because I need to add support for a new version, and if
> > it's something old like 7.3, it doesn't get tested.
> No bug report doesn't mean no bug, but it also means no user pissed.
> And when I add new code, I try to check with older releases. Not all of
> them, but some. For example when I added 9.1 new features, I tried with
> 9.0 to see if my refactoring had an impact on 9.0. But I didn't check
> all the way to 7.3. And sometimes I even forgot testing on 9.0 (Jasmin
> reported some 9.0 bugs, due to 9.1 new features I coded).
> > Plus it make the code less readable, and harder to maintain.
> Sure, I can't deny that.
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