forward from the lsb-impl

Ken Dyke ken_i_m at
Tue Jan 14 20:03:02 PST 2003

With all the threads about findutils lately I was have trouble finding
the one where the "alpha" versions were discussed.  So, I have started a
new thread. :-/

Below is a snip from a post on the LSB sample implementation mailing

On Tue, 2003-01-14 at 17:07, Wichmann, Mats D wrote:
> *snip*
> (3) two base packages have "unofficial" versions
> with interesting status:
> findutils is at 4.1.7 ("released" is 4.1)
> and tar is at 1.13.25 ("released" is 1.13).
> Both have been in this "alpha" state for a
> very long time, and all distros I have access
> to, even old ones, are using these versions.
> Benefits of "alpha" versions:
> a. eliminates need to use lsbsi-specific patch
> b. eliminates all lsb-runtime test failures in
>    these two packages
> c. matches what everyone seems to be using (less
>    any vendor-specific patches, of course)
> Disadvantages:
> a. no longer using "formally released" upstream
> b. testing impace (tests already done on ia32, Itanium:
>    no regressions, each fixes two)
> *snip*

I think, therefore, ken_i_m
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