[systemd-devel] [HEADSUP] Formalizing Backports

Michael Biebl mbiebl at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 10:29:22 PST 2014

2014-02-28 18:33 GMT+01:00 Greg KH <gregkh at linuxfoundation.org>:
> On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 02:34:15PM +0100, Lennart Poettering wrote:
>> Heya!
>> Since a while now we have been adding Backport tags to git commits with
>> "git notes". Zbigniew and Colin have now set up a new git repo with a
>> "stable" branch where these are backported to selected versions, to
>> share some work between the distributions which happen to stabilize on
>> these versions.
>> All of this is now documented more formally in the wiki:
>>     http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/Backports/
>> Please have a look!
> If you all can handle using git notes, that's great, but it can be a
> real pain at times.  Other than that, the proposal looks good, nice job
> and good luck with it.

This looks very useful for downstream distros, so thank you for this initiative!

I wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to provide point releases from
such stable branches.

As it turns out, v204 and v208 seem to be widely used by distros as
they turned to be out to be quite stable or released at the right

Maybe we could formalize that a bit, pick a "good" * release every
year (every 6 months) and declare them as LTS releases with point
releases from a stable branch. Since we have quite a few distro
packagers with commit rights, we might even share the load a bit
maintaining such stable branches.



*) e.g. v209 wouldn't have been a good candidate for such a stable branch.
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