[arch-dev-public] Cleanup time for extra

Paul Mattal paul at mattal.com
Thu Feb 14 08:54:24 EST 2008

Pierre Schmitz wrote:
> Am Dienstag, 12. Februar 2008 03:37:42 schrieb Dan McGee:
>> The testing2core/testing2extra script that was posted won't remove old
>> versions, so keep that in mind (unless you modified it yourself to do
>> so).
> Well, I think this just happens when updating a package. Moving a package from 
> testing should delete the old ones.
> But there are scripts for automatically delete those old packages; we are just 
> waiting for inclusion into the db-scripts.

Keeping a package around for a while after it is removed from the 
repos has some value.. being able to fall back to an old version 
without rebuilding. Sometimes this is desireable or necessary, say 
if the problem is that something won't compile against some new 
libraries or with a new gcc.

I have recommended that the scripts move the old packages to 
someplace in the user's home directory automatically. Then that user 
can do with them what he/she likes whenever he/she wants without 
them cluttering the repo.

Right now I do this manually, moving old packages into ~/old, but if 
a tool did something similar for me, it would save time.

- P

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