[debian-mysql] Bug#671115: transition: mysql-5.5

Clint Byrum clint at ubuntu.com
Tue May 8 13:18:11 UTC 2012

On May 8, 2012, at 2:04, Julien Cristau <jcristau at debian.org> wrote:

> On Tue, May  1, 2012 at 22:52:22 +0100, Nicholas Bamber wrote:
>> Package: release.debian.org
>> Severity: normal
>> User: release.debian.org at packages.debian.org
>> Usertags: transition
>> At some point we need to transition from mysql-5.1 to mysql-5.5. We
>> would like to do this before the freeze though we appreciate that time
>> is now short. We arrived at this position as the Debian MySQL Team became
>> increasingly understaffed. It is better now but not ideal.
>> We certainly will get mysql-5.5 into unstable in the next few weeks.
>> The question
>> is can we migrate all the dependencies over and drop mysql-5.1 before the
>> freeze?
> *sigh* apparently you uploaded this to sid without even waiting for an
> answer, so we now have an uncoordinated libmysqlclient SONAME bump on
> our hands...

To be fair, this transition was already completed in Ubuntu and I filed bugs against all packages that failed with patches. Most if not all of these patches have been applied.

I would expect this transition to go quite smoothly and just to require rebuilds given the  experience we had in Ubuntu.

>> If that fails then we will be left supporting a version of MySQL that is not
>> supported upstream.
> Given how well that "support" works anyway I'm not sure how much of a
> loss that is.

I'm not sure that is fair to Oracle. While their policies around security disclosure are a bit baffling and perhaps dangerous for their users, they are responsive to bug reports and still provide changes as individual commits in public bzr trees. Oracle deserves our ire, but Debian users who depend on MySQL will be better served by 5.5 than 5.1.

>> As far as I can see the upstream packages that are likely to require
>> recompilation are:
> That's an awfully long list to be breaking without coordination.  I'm
> not amused.
> Cheers,
> Julien
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