Bug#714409: This bug still bites

Greg Alexander grezql at galexander.org
Tue Sep 10 12:52:39 UTC 2013

Control: severity -1 grave

You are wrong.  Debian is very good about supporting an indefinite
upgrade path.  It is *the* useful feature of Debian.  I have been using
Debian since 0.93rc6 and I have only re-installed from scratch once in
that entire time period.  I have this debate with about one package
maintainer per year, and I always win because "thou shalt not wedge
apt" is a core Debian community value!

Learn how to use the dependency system correctly.  Then you will be in a
position of superiority and you can lecture me about bug tracking
etiquette.  If you look at the history of this bug, internal Debian
project members were just as irate as I am at the lack of compatibility
and raised the severity in the same manner, but then they were talked
down as part of a misguided rush to release.  The release cycle is not
the dominant goal of Debian maintenance!

On Mon, Sep 09, 2013 at 11:40:52PM +0200, Michael Biebl wrote:
> Fact is, that Debian only supports upgrades from one release to another.
> If you are using a dpkg version from pre-wheezy, you're on your own.
> We can be nice and add an explicit versioned dependency, but mixing
> versions like this is a/ not supported b/ not a good idea.

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