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Re: Goofy RedHat Problem

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004, Andreas wrote:

It's the distro's fault to still ship 2.0.
2.0 is not maintained anymore for ages.

i have heard that argument before. it does not mean one can share one`s knowledge about problems and help each other.

One has also to consider that it's not always easy to upgrade such an important component as openldap in a distro. Many many many programs depend on openldap nowadays and can easily break unless they are updated too. And that's when a new version of a distro comes out.

Permit me to gesture vaguely in the direction of Gentoo, which is using 2.1.26 somehow, despite dependencies. (And will shortly be using 2.1.30, according to ~x86 - in fact, it already is in some architectures.)

To put it more clearly: it's entirely understandable for distros to be a few versions behind for the reasons you cite. It's inexcusable for them to be /two and a half years/ behind[0], especially /because/ so much other software depends on things like OpenLDAP to function properly. Stability is not a strict linear progression with age - it's more like a parabolic curve.

[0] Debian is using 2.0.23, last I checked. S'pose they might have incremented it while I wasn't looking.

John Klein
Database Applications Developer
Information Technology Services - Harvard Law School
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