[arch-dev-public] [idea] Kernel Release Policy

Dusty Phillips buchuki at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 21:26:57 EDT 2008

2008/10/6 James Rayner <iphitus at iphitus.org>:
> On Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 6:09 PM, Jud <jud at judfilm.net> wrote:
>> Hi Devs,
>> <big snip>
>> So my major point is: The only thing I want to really change is while
>> the newer .x kernel is been prepped for released, Arch does not abandon
>> the current .x kernel.
> Whoa, could have said that at the start :p
> The complication is that kernels need to go through testing, and we
> can't test a 2.6.26.y while there's a 2.6.27 in [testing]. So we can
> either ignore our current rule for kernel to go through [testing]
> making an exception for .y releases - or we can leave the same as it
> is now.
> I'm inclined to leave things the same rather than make an exception.
> Many .y releases are pretty minor, or we have them merged already.

I think the "proper" more general solution here is to have a 'stable'
or 'rollback' repository for this kind of thing. This gets discussed
way too often and so far, no devs have wanted to take on this task and
no community contributions have been successful. In the meantime, I
think the traditional Arch response (use ABS) is the correct one; the
kernel is not a more special package than any other in the distro. It
just happens to be one of the one that if it breaks nothing else


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