Plans for Shibboleth SP 2.1 debian packages

Patrik Schnellmann schnellmann at
Wed Nov 19 16:00:08 UTC 2008

Scott Cantor wrote:
>> For now you can use our sid packages.  Unfortunately, the 2.1 SP
>> release happened the week after the Lenny freeze, so we couldn't push
>> that into testing, which is a pity.  On the other hand, 2.1 isn't that
>> much different from 2.0, so most users don't lose much.
> Well, that's not really true. 2.0 is unsupported. I don't support anything
> but the latest versions of the supported branches.
Thanks for the clarification, Scott.

> I have no experience with Debian, but from my perspective that's why at
> least on Red Hat I don't see any material advantage to getting the packages
> into the distribution. Installing the RPM takes 30 seconds.
I can't tell about Red Hat (or Fedora), but the Debian release process makes
it almost impossible to have an up-to-date version of Shib in the 'stable'
release. Therefore, to me, it is important to have a well maintained package
repository for backports that can be installed on the current stable release.
Signed packages would be a plus, though.

Ferenc, I roughly went over the Shib package and noticed that it depends on
libxerces27. The recommended version for Shib is xerces c 2.8.0. It would be
great to have a backport for that version, and have shibboleth-sp depend on it.

Best regards,

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