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24. Add a "release_status" field

Proposal:

Add a mandatory ''release_status'' field with a limited list of acceptable
values. E.g. "stable", "testing" and "unstable", with "alpha" as an alias
for "unstable" and "beta" as an alias for "testing".

Have PAUSE use this field first to determine whether distributions should
be indexed. (Eventually, have PAUSE create separate indexes "stable",
"stable+testing", "stable+testing+unstable".)

Comments:

* This is more useful than the boolean 'development version' proposal as
different authors use development versions for both testing and unstable.
In response to Adam's concern about knowing status post-installation, see
the proposal to install Meta files and make them queryable. (Dagolden)

* Should "release candidate" be an allowed value? Should it be an alias
for "testing" or should it exist on its own? (Dagolden)

* "release candidate" is mostly just a hint to humans that this is your
last chance for testing... I don't see any difference in behaviour for
consumers at this point --Adam K

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  • Graham Barr at Oct 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    On Oct 9, 2009, at 6:53 AM, David Golden wrote:

    24. Add a "release_status" field

    Proposal:

    Add a mandatory ''release_status'' field with a limited list of
    acceptable
    values. E.g. "stable", "testing" and "unstable", with "alpha" as an
    alias
    for "unstable" and "beta" as an alias for "testing".

    Have PAUSE use this field first to determine whether distributions
    should
    be indexed. (Eventually, have PAUSE create separate indexes "stable",
    "stable+testing", "stable+testing+unstable".)
    Is this not really trying to solve the same issue as CMSP 23. Have a
    "development version" flag

    Graham.
  • Steffen Mueller at Oct 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    David Golden wrote:
    24. Add a "release_status" field
    Obviously supersedes the "devel version" proposal (23). This would
    depend on post installation, easy querying of META information (33).

    Steffen

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