[Pkg-exim4-users] What is stable? What is secure? [WAS: Re: libmysqlclient.so: no version information available]

Marc Haber mh+pkg-exim4-users at zugschlus.de
Sat Dec 3 20:16:49 UTC 2005

On Sat, Dec 03, 2005 at 03:35:41PM +0100, Hans-Juergen Beie wrote:
> What is "stable"?
> - Bug-free software? That's a dream.
> - Bug-fixed software? OK (one bug fixed, get tow more for free ;)
> - Debain/sarge? Hmm... that depends...

Debian stable is "the same software as it has been on the release
days, with security holes fixed." No functional updates.

> When I had to setup a (still small) production system for the first 
> time, I decided (after reading many of these Readmes, HowTotos, and 
> FAQs) to choose Exim4 on debian/stable (woody at that time) as a basis 
> and to provide the necessary environment by pinning (woody still sticked 
> to Exim3) or by using backports. This method was also suitable to get 
> recent versions of ClamAV and SA up and running, on so-called "stable" 
> debian flavours. Now with debian/sarge, this is quite similar.

With pinning, you quickly pull in low-level packages like libc6 or
perl from unstable/testing, leaving you with a bad compromise of old
(stable) and buggy (unstable) packages. Don't do that. Use backports
whereever possible.


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