[mythtv-users] Mythtv's tarballs and more frequent minor releases (was: New (for schedulesdirect.org) binaries for Mandriva...?)

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
Thu Aug 23 06:50:35 UTC 2007

On Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 04:27:08PM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 08/22/2007 02:35 PM, jedi at mishnet.org wrote:
> >> Daniel Kristjansson wrote:
> >>> We will probably tag a 0.20.2 release tomorrow. Then it will take
> >>> hours to days for the various distros to update their packages.
> >>> Schedules Direct made sure to include packagers in the beta test
> >>> group.
> > Will the source tarball downloads be updated?
> Why not use the appropriate SVN branch/tag to check it out?  (Note that
> I'm not saying the tarballs won't be updated--I'm just wondering why
> anyone uses them.)

In general it is better to have people/packagers use tarballs, so
everyone has a similar setup and known bugs. For mythtv's current
development model (a stable rolling "release" and infrequent tarball
releases) it makes more sense to use the fixes branch.

But it would be better to release early/often out of the fixes branch,
e.g. we could had been at 0.20.7 by now and we'd know that if someone
runs say 0.20.3 he'd have to upgrade to at least 0.20.5 to fix this
and that bug.

I guess the reason for not having more frequent tarball (minor)
releases is lack of manpower (and perhaps the users being comfortable
with packagers pulling in svn diffs).

I would volunteer to do the 0.20.x (and later 0.21.x etc) release cuts
from mid/end September on if the dev team is interested. Maybe monthly
minor releases, all I would need is an OK that some state of the fixes
branch is release-worthy and a changelog of the user noteworthy
changes (and of course the access to mythtv.org's infrastructure to
svn cp/tarball cuts & uploads).
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
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