Updating CUPS

John Marino freebsd.contact at marino.st
Thu Dec 26 12:03:46 UTC 2013

On 12/26/2013 12:54, Jerry wrote:
> 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.

Maybe rather than asking "where is it?" you should instead submit a PR
with poudriere-tested patches that brings cups up to the new version?
Until last week when bsam changed the MAINTAINER field in cups*, all the
cups ports didn't even have a maintainer, so I don't know who you expect
to do this work.

PRs with patches have a greater chance of success that pinging the mail
list and telling nobody-in-particular to spend their volunteer time on
something specific...


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