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Re: State of support for back PG branches

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <jnasby(at)pervasive(dot)com>
To: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,"Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>,"Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>,pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: State of support for back PG branches
Date: 2005-09-30 23:12:05
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On Mon, Sep 26, 2005 at 08:54:49PM -0700, Josh Berkus wrote:
> Tom,
> >Or, as you say, we could take the viewpoint that there are commercial
> >companies willing to take on the burden of supporting back releases, and
> >the development community ought not spend its limited resources on doing
> >that.  I'm hesitant to push that idea very hard myself, because it would
> >look too much like I'm pushing the interests of my employer Red Hat
> >... but certainly there's a reasonable case to be made there.
> Well, I think you know my opinion on this.  Since there *are* commercial 
> companies available, I think we should use them to reduce back-patching 
> effort.   I suggest that our policy should be:  the community will patch 
> two old releases, and beyond that if it's convenient, but no promises. 
> In other words, when 8.1 comes out we'd be telling 7.3 users "We'll be 
> patching this only where we can apply 7.4 patches.  Otherwise, better 
> get a support contract."

I agree, although I think there should be some time guarantees as well.
I like the ~3 year number that's been tossed around.

> Of course, a lot of this is up to individual initiative; if someone 
> fixes a patch so it applies back to 7.2, there's no reason not to make 
> it available.  However, there's no reason *you* should make it a priority.

Yeah, I hope that commercial interests can work together on supporting
things they want supported.
Jim C. Nasby, Sr. Engineering Consultant      jnasby(at)pervasive(dot)com
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