[arch-general] Discussion on usage of [testing] repo - minimal requirements?

Leonid Isaev lisaev at umail.iu.edu
Tue Oct 25 10:58:12 EDT 2011

On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 19:38, Oon-Ee Ng <ngoonee.talk at gmail.com> wrote:
-~> > On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 12:19 AM, Leonid Isaev <lisaev at umail.iu.edu> wrote:
-~> >> On (10/24/11 18:00), Karol Blazewicz wrote:
-~> >> -~> On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM, Leonid Isaev <lisaev at umail.iu.edu> wrote:
-~> >> -~> > Besides, one really doesn't have to enable testing in pacman.conf -- individual
-~> >> -~> > pacman -U will do, imho.
-~> >> -~>
-~> >> -~> I've read that [testing] is all or nothing and you shouldn't
-~> >> -~> cherrypick packages because you might break something.
-~> >> -~> Somewhat relevant https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=127144
-~> >>
-~> >> That's where brain comes in handy :)
-~> >>
-~> > Yes, its a REALLY good idea to state that its okay to pacman -U
-~> > individual [testing] packages on a public mailing list with at least
-~> > some users who really don't know any better than to do just that.
-~> >

Say I want to try package X, but instead I download pkgs X, Y and Z from
testing. Now my scripts which rely on /proc/.../BAT0/* fail because pkg Y is a
new kernel, /dev/cdrom is gone since pkg Z is udev. And all I wanted is to try
out new qemu-kvm...

IMHO saying that testing is for experienced people is misleading since
"experienced" is a vague term; such statements only repell users. A useful
guideline would be "think three times before you type and understand how
package management works".

Leonid Isaev
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