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From: Greg Tassone <greg@...>
Subject: Re: Moving stable versions of alternative vms back to ~arch
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 01:45:22 -0800
On Sat, 2005-12-24 at 16:34 +0200, Petteri Räty wrote:
> At the moment we have old versions of at least
> dev-java/{kaffe,jamvm,sablevm} marked stable. The open source java stack
> is starting to be usable but these old versions certainly are not drop
> in replacements for the proprietary ones. This in mind I propose that we
> move everything to ~arch and re-evaluate them going stable when the time
> is right. To give everyone time for objections I plan on moving the
> versions to ~arch in January.

I think the above statements need some clarification.  Are you saying
that you want to take the currently-marked-as-stable versions of these
packages in Portage and change them to ~arch?  If so, that is probably a
bad idea for several reasons, chief of which is the many
questions/complaints we will all receive when world updates are trying
to downgrade packages, or worse, when the new Portage starts complaining
about a broken state of the world file due to "No packages being
available for [whatever]".

Instead I would suggest leaving the existing flags as-is, and bump revs
on (new) ebuilds (or newer versions if they exist) and just flag those
as appropriate.

I think most/all folks using those packages are aware of their limited
compatibility with the proprietary VM's.  Therefore, the risk of leaving
the current versions "stable" is probably minimal.

As a worst-case, if you're really concerned about users misconstruing
the supposed "stable" status of these packages, you could always add
some einfo/ewarn style messages to explain it on those versions.

JMHO.

Greg

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