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hi derick,
On Thursday 10 January 2008 09:50:14 am Derick Rethans wrote:
Personally I think this patch would be great, and I will recommend it to
the other debian php maintainers for review.
Let me just remind you:
This patch BREAKS functionality.
which of course should be avoided if at all possible.
It would certainly be a lot better
than our current solution, where the timezone db has been ripped out of
php and put into a seperate package which is managed outside of the
stable release cycle (in the "volatile" release area).
That is a silly approach, when we (the PHP project) already provide a
way to update this without having to make hacks. Have a look at the PECL
timezonedb extension.
before off-handedly dismissing others' needs and ways of working please
consider that your needs and ways of working may not always be the best for
all situations. as i mentioned in my previous mail (as well as rasmus in a
later mail) this type of bundling doesn't scale in an environment where there
are thousands of other software packages to maintain, and makes life very
difficult in a "stable release" environment.

jftr, i'm in no way saying what php does with bundling timezone info (or other
software) is wrong, in fact i think that it's perfectly fine. but there are
side effects which are problematic for distributions such as debian and
redhat and i don't see what's so wrong with trying to address the needs of
such users (modulo serious regressions/breakage of course).

also jftr i was incorrect in stating that the debian php tz db was ripped out
of php, it is in fact the pecl module which will be maintained in the
volatile repository.
I understand that it may make the job of developing/releasing/supportng
easier for you to bundle the timezone db (just like libgd, et c), but
please consider the position of those who are responsible for maintaining
not just your software but thousands of other projects' packages...
wouldn't it be possible to at least make this some kind of compile-time
option for those of us who do like the idea?
It has very little to do with maintenance, actually, it is more work for
us to maintain that extension. But apparently you didn't read my other
mail or simply chose to ignore it.
actually i did, but i took most of it as orthogonal to the point at hand.
that is, it seemed to me most of your rationale against joe's suggestion was
with "implementation details" which could hopefully be fixed, or with "not
seeing things from our side", which i also hope can be fixed :)


sean

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