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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] What is the current rdiff-backup version?

From: Frank Crawford
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] What is the current rdiff-backup version?
Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:08:25 +1100

On Sun, 2013-12-08 at 02:34 +0000, Edward Ned Harvey (rdiff-backup)
> > From: rdiff-backup-users-bounces+rdiff-
> > address@hidden [mailto:rdiff-backup-users-
> > address@hidden On Behalf Of Frank
> > Crawford
> > 
> > Firstly, what version of rdiff-backup do most people use?  There is the
> > stable 1.2.8 and unstable 1.3.3, but both date back to 2009.  From what
> > I can see most distributions use the stable version, so has anyone
> > extensively tested the 1.3.3 release, and is it really stable enough to
> > promote to say 1.4?
> Well, as you said, the version currently considered stable is 1.2.8.  The 
> 1.3.x releases, back when Andrew was working on it...  As far as I can tell, 
> the milestone was more symbolic than anything, but nobody's run the 
> regressions in a very long time, and I have to presume they didn't call it 
> stable because there were some features in development, or regressions that 
> weren't passing...
> In order to call any particular rev "stable" I think we'll agree some 
> substantive unit testing must pass.  Which implies figuring out how to run 
> the tests.  And writing tests to test previously untested (or un-passed) 
> features.

The only addition to that I'd add would be that if a large group of
people have been running it for a number of years, you may also consider
making it stable.  However, if hardly anyone has run it, then it would
still be a dev version.

> I certainly have no deep conviction for a new release to be called 1.3.4 vs 
> 1.4.0.  Given the lapse in development, it might make sense to go to 1.4.0, 
> but ultimately I think it depends on the work that's taking place.  I think 
> 1.3.4 implies testing & bugfix for existing features.  I think 1.4.0 implies 
> new features.  And as soon as either one passes what we generally consider a 
> solid regression sequence, we can call it "stable."

I thought of going to 1.4.0 really to indicate additional work now going
on.  Of course we would then need to continue on with that work.

> > Secondly, a couple of people have mentioned their own private patches.
> > Are these collected together anywhere, and if not, should we do that?
> > We may even be able to agree to merge them into the mainline.
> I don't really know anything about that...
Looking at the Fedora RPM there seem to be two patches included.  I
don't know how big or small they are, but they exist.  I know Joe Steele
mentioned a patch attached to a bug report he sent in a few years ago.
There may be a few more around.


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