[arch-general] apache 2.4

Anatol Pomozov anatol.pomozov at gmail.com
Mon Dec 2 17:43:48 EST 2013


On Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM, Leonid Isaev <lisaev at umail.iu.edu> wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:32:13 -0800
> Anatol Pomozov <anatol.pomozov at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> This situation with apache-2.4 reminds me recent saga with libxml2
>> update. libxml2 was marked out-of-date for 9 months and maintainer
>> ignored requests about upgrading the package. The only explanation was
>> "if maintainer does not upgrade the package there must be a good
>> reason for it - new version probably breaks other apps". But it end up
>> that the new libxml2 package did not break anyone and upgrade was very
>> simple - it was just a version bump and no dependencies rebuild was
>> needed. I made a conclusion that maintainer just lost interest in
>> supporting libxml2.
> What exactly are you complaining about?
What I am trying to say is that keeping software up-to-date is one of
the main maintainer's responsibilities. Especially in Arch Linux that
"strives to stay bleeding edge, and typically offers the latest stable
versions of most software" (quote from

> Apache 2.2 is still supported
> upstream (2.2.26 was released on 11/16/2013 -- two weeks ago). Apache 2.4 is
> just another branch.
No, it is not "just another branch". 2.4 is the latest stable version
recommended by upstream. 2.2 has status of legacy release.

>> Could it be the same situation with apache-2.2 package? If the
>> maintainer lost interest would it be better to drop Apache to
>> 'community' repo where it has higher chance to be upgraded? IMHO it is
>> shame for Arch to keep old versions of software without clear
>> explanation, 2.4.1 was released almost 2 years ago!
> Apache 2.2.15 was pushed in 07/2013. This situation hardly qualifies as "lost
> interest". If you desperately need 2.4.7 and are absolutely sure that it is
> compatible with 2.2 why not just compile it yourself?
> Cheers,
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> Leonid Isaev
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