Updating CUPS

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at gmx.de
Thu Dec 26 17:30:18 UTC 2013

Jerry <jerry at seibercom.net> schrieb:
>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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I meant deliberate changes in concepts, not just happenstances... Check what Fedora and other Linux distros have been doing to work around those before you complain. 

And remember this is a volunteer project, you are not paying to get upgrades within the week...

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