[debian-mysql] tentative release notes item
vincent.mcintyre at csiro.au
Fri Feb 17 04:45:56 UTC 2017
I drafted the note below and wanted to ask for your comments
before opening a release-notes bug. I also have a question:
- How does the mysql->mariadb conversion operate?
By converting the binary database files in-place,
or a dump and restore? I am wondering if there should be
a reminder to dump the database contents before upgrading.
I think it would help people learning about mysql/mariadb in Debian
if there was a brief note in the wiki FAQ page about the default-*
packaging. Should I just go and plunk something in there or would you
prefer I send a draft to the list for correction?
--- en/whats-new.dbk (revision 11370)
+++ en/whats-new.dbk (working copy)
@@ -431,6 +431,40 @@
+ <title>MariaDB replaces MySQL</title>
+ MariaDB is now the default MySQL variant in Debian, at version 10.1.
+ The &Releasename; release introduces a new mechanism for switching the
+ default variant, using metapackages created from the
+ <systemitem role="package">mysql-defaults</systemitem> source package.
+ Installing the metapackage
+ <systemitem role="package">default-mysql-server</systemitem>
+ will pull in
+ <systemitem role="package">mariadb-server-10.1</systemitem>.
+ Users who had
+ <systemitem role="package">mysql-server-5.5</systemitem> or
+ <systemitem role="package">mysql-server-5.6</systemitem> will have it
+ removed and replaced by the MariaDB equivalent.
+ Similarly, installing
+ <systemitem role="package">default-mysql-client</systemitem>
+ will pull in
+ <systemitem role="package">mariadb-client-10.1</systemitem>.
+ Note that once you have switched to MariaDB, it might not possible to
+ convert your in-place database files back to MySQL automatically, since
+ Oracle does not maintain tools to convert possible MariaDB features
+ present in the binary format.
+ The <systemitem role="package">virtual-mysql-*</systemitem> packages
+ will continue to exist.
+ MySQL continues to be maintained in Debian, but bugs in version 5.7
+ prevented it being included in &Releasename;.
+ See the <ulink url="http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/MySQL">Debian MySQL Team
+ wiki page</ulink> and the
+ <ulink url="http://packages.debian.org/msyql-defaults">mysql-default
+ package page</ulink> for more information.
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