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Re: Updating Ubuntu package info

From: Greg Smith <greg(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>
Cc: Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net>, Guillaume Lelarge <guillaume(at)lelarge(dot)info>, pgadmin-support <pgadmin-support(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Updating Ubuntu package info
Date: 2010-02-04 13:10:08
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Dave Page wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 9:19 AM, Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net> wrote:
>> We still produce minor releases to 1.10, no? I certainly don't suggest
>> we back-patch past that, but we do backpatch to the *latest* stable
>> branch.
> Right - but 1.10 already checks the maximum and minimum supported
> version numbers and warns the user if they're outside that range.

Yes, but that doesn't make the user very happy--just better informed 
about why they're dead in the water.  I'd hate to see the next Long-Term 
support version of Debian and Ubuntu, both likely to hang around a 
while, have versions of pgAdmin that are fundamentally incompatible with 
the next PG version, due in only a few months.  Seems bad from an 
advocacy perspective.  And it looks like that's exactly how it's going 
to play out unless something gets done very soon here, which I just 
realized myself today.

Obviously backpatching past 1.10 is silly.  There seem to be three 
potentially useful ideas that would improve the state of this part of 
the world:

1) The documentation update I already suggested, bringing the Ubuntu 
page back to current and then reasonable to link on the main download 
section again. 

2) Backpatch basic 9.0 support into a V1.10.2 release.  That could work 
like this:

a) Release 1.10.2 with this fix ASAP--if that can't happen within a week 
or less, the rest of what I'm suggesting is probably dead.
b) Ask Gerfried to update Debian Squeeze testing to use that version.  
Their deadline is March so this should just happen in time.
c) Try to get the Ubuntu Lynx distribution to pull that one instead of 
the currently planned one before the "LTSDebianImportFreeze" on February 
11th, or if that's just missed apply for an exception and try to pull it 
in just before the more serious freeze on February 18.

3) Add a new PPA that builds from the daily snapshots, or (if V1.10.2 is 
released) from that one instead.

Doing just (3) is probably sufficient to make my problems go away, and 
now that I know nobody else has that on their radar I'll start looking 
into it.  Now that I realize the scope of the problem here, it would be 
nice to consider a broader plan too.  Anybody know Gerfried well enough 
to ping for his opinion here?

Greg Smith    2ndQuadrant   Baltimore, MD
PostgreSQL Training, Services and Support

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