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Importance of running the latest'n'greatest version


I'm running OpenLDAP on SLES 9 (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server) and the version 
supplied with it is not the "latest'n'greatest"

ldapsjef:~ # rpm -q openldap2
ldapsjef:~ #

And in the changelog for the rpm the newest entry is dated Nov 10 2004, where 
it says:
- bdb-2.2.18-backport.dif: Backport of the back-bdb from OpenLDAP 2.2.18, 
should fix some deadlocks and crashes (Bugzilla #42570)

So what is the common opinion here? Should one stick to the versions supplied 
by the distributor (in this case SuSE), or should one download the 
"latest'n'greatest" from openldap.org and compile it yourself?

Jonas H Palsson

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