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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-01-31 12:53:43

"Victor A. Wagner Jr." <vawjr_at_[hidden]> writes:

> At 03:01 2006-01-30, David Abrahams wrote:
>>"Victor A. Wagner Jr." <vawjr_at_[hidden]> writes:
>>I keep asking, if you only release what's on HEAD, how do you do
>>point releases?
> what's the "meaning" of a "point" release anyhow?

The "meaning" is a release that's exactly like some other release
except for the addition of bug fixes.

> release numbers (names) are a marketing concept (so the collateral
> material can be produced). They've _never_ had any relevance to
> software (other than some loose conventions which caused more
> problems than they were worth)

Yes, numbering is irrelevant. I didn't mention numbering. Please
address the question with that in mind.

>>And anyway, why this obsession with HEAD? In SVN, it's just another
> In SVN, iirc, "numbers" are even further removed from any meaningful
> relationship for a "release"... but as for the "obsession" it's
> actually just a desire to keep people's fingers out of the regression
> testing process. The more you make people mess with things, the more
> likely you'll have an error. One of the points of automated testing
> is that you warp the development system so the test system doesn't
> have to be massaged every time something changes.

We can easily automate what branch people are testing.

>> > I've been saying for a little over a decade that dropping the "state"
>> > from CVS was a mistake and this hammers it home more than anything
>> > I've seen...but it's gone. One trusts that the Subversion folks
>> > weren't as blind.
>>Sorry, I don't know what you mean.

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