Updating CUPS

Jerry jerry at seibercom.net
Thu Dec 26 11:54:54 UTC 2013

On Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:14:55 +0100, Matthias Andree stated:

> Jerry <jerry at seibercom.net> schrieb:
> >The ports latest version of CUPS is 1.5.4; however version 1.7.0 has
> >been out since 10/24/13. Is there any possibility that the latest
> >version will make it into the ports system soon?
> >
> Careful with what you are asking for, have you checked the upstream
> change logs? 1.6 already broke some aspects of compatibility
> massively w.r.t. distributed printing or differing CUPS versions in
> your LAN.

Well, almost any updated software has the potential to break something,
CUPS being no exception. However, those cases are not the norm and the
fact that in a few edge cases problems have been discovered is not a
sound reason for unilaterally failing to include the new version in the
posts system. There have been numerous cases where a new version of a
port was introduced into the system. In many of those cases workarounds
were introduced to allow the user to continue with the older version or
update to the newer one. I fail to see why that would not be acceptable
in this instance. In any case, how do you propose to find problems with
a new product if it is not tested in a real environment? In a worse
case scenario, a new port, perhaps "cups-devel" could be created.


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