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From: Douglas Gregor (doug.gregor_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-06-04 17:47:01

On Jun 4, 2007, at 2:01 PM, Peter Dimov wrote:
> As a Boost user, I simply don't use Boost components whose HEAD
> versions are
> unstable.

Yep. One tends to learn this very, very quickly as a user of HEAD.

> As a Boost developer, if a dependency takes too much time to
> stabilize, I
> sever ties with it and reimplement the parts I need. This is rare
> since I
> have low tolerance for dependencies anyway. :-)


> I understand that this mindset may be unusual. Still, I find the
> idea that
> the trunk is assumed to be unstable a bit odd. The trunk should be
> stable
> and everyone should work to keep it that way.

Yes. The problem is that the trunk becomes the Wild West when there
is a release branch active, and it takes us *forever* to get it back
into a release-ready state. It's a death spiral of a development
process. Splitting into devel/stable is one way to fix it, because
stable is based on *stable* code (i.e., what's on the 1.34.x branch),
and devel is based on head (which is a bit of a mess at the moment).

If "devel" became stable, would we need "stable"?

        - Doug

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