[debian-mysql] mysql-5.1 or both mysql-5.5/1

Nicholas Bamber nicholas at periapt.co.uk
Tue Apr 24 20:20:19 UTC 2012

Release team,
	We are debating whether to

a.) allow both mysql-5.1 and mysql-5.5 to go into wheezy
b.) whether to try and effect a transition to 5.5

Arguments for b.)
1.) More effort (such as it is) is already going into mysql-5.5
2.) 5.1 will not be supported for much longer
3.) Being able to remove 5.1 will kill 4 RC bugs and save an overworked 
team time
4.) The distinction between the major versions is becoming artificial. 
[See comments from below]
5.) Consider the implications for Ubuntu etc.

Arguments for a.)
1.) 5.1 has been in testing for a long time
2.) 5.5 has not yet been released to testing
3.) When it is released to testing RC bugs will doubtless pop up all too 
4.) All the packages that depend on one of the libraries will have to be 
5.) Someone will have to kick off the translation effort.

Your input would be appreciated.

On 24/04/12 19:03, Clint Byrum wrote:
> Excerpts from Olaf van der Spek's message of Tue Apr 24 02:35:39 -0700 2012:
>> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 7:59 AM, Nicholas Bamber<nicholas at periapt.co.uk>  wrote:
>>> I don't approach 5.1 with any sort of relish. However I think we have a duty
>>> to maintain it until the freeze as otherwise it will undermine Debian's
>>> release cycle. Or at the very least we ought to check with the release team.
>> What's the plan for next stable? 5.1? 5.5? Both?
> I'd prefer to see MySQL 5.5 in wheezy, but if its too late for that
> transition, then I suppose we can't get that done. It would be a shame,
> because 5.5 is a much better release. As soon as MySQL 5.6 arrives,
> Oracle will start the process of deprecating 5.1 and stop providing
> security updates for it quite soon. They do not maintain 3 GA releases.

>> Do you mean the source package would no longer be versioned or all the
>> packages?
> I mean the source package.
> I find it very strange that it has been
> mysql-dfsg-5.0
> mysql-dfsg-5.1
> mysql-5.1
> mysql-5.5
> When it really should just have been
> mysql
> This makes things like packages.qa.debian.org work in a weird way,
> and also bugs in Ubuntu are source-package oriented so often bugs end
> up affecting 4 or 5 source packages which is confusing and cumbersome
> for no benefit that I can perceive.
> The binary packages are, I think, named and versioned appropriately and
> should remain that way.

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