[Pkg-samba-maint] samba 3 and 4 in parallel in unstable?

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Sun Jan 15 07:50:23 UTC 2006

> > samba 4 fails to install. Note that this is an upgrade from samba 3.
> Thanks for reporting this.  The issue is quite simple:  because the
> samba3 upgrade isn't part of the testsuite, I overlooked the changes I
> made to other js routines, and broke it.
> I don't see any reason why we can't ship with some test data, and put
> this into 'make test', and I'll also fix the scripts.
> Thanks for the report!

This brings me a suggestion, at least to be discussed.

Steinar and Jeroen have currently built experimental samba4 packages
as "samba" packages and thus can only upload them in experimental.

This gives a quite low exposure to these packages as recent Debian
history has shown (there has been some discussion about the number of
people using experimental which has proven to be low quite often).

Why not create samba4* packages and then upload them in unstable in
parallel with samba* packages?

I'm pretty sure this would give more exposure to samba4 and thus
improve the input for the Samba Team in the preparation of the Samba4

Given the release schedule of Debian, I doubt we could handle a
transition in Etch and I'm even pretty sure that, even is samba4 is
out before the end of the year, we woul dhave users requesting us to
keep samba3 in Debian.

For all these reasons I would favor a versioning of samba packages.

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