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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: Planning for emergency releases
Date Sun, 07 Aug 2016 17:38:31 GMT


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marcus [mailto:marcus.mail@wtnet.de]
> Sent: Sunday, August 7, 2016 10:16
> To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Planning for emergency releases
> 
> Am 08/07/2016 06:14 PM, schrieb Patricia Shanahan:
> >
> > On 8/7/2016 8:29 AM, Marcus wrote:
> > ...
> >> I don't want to have it perfect. And we are already in this emergency
> >> situation. We have either a patch process nor a full-release process.
> >
> > We don't have what I consider to be the full emergency, a live exploit
> > in the field.
> 
> OK, ACK.
> 
> > Why not both strategies? Go ahead with the inferior, clumsy,
> > user-hostile patch process because that is the best we can do this
> week,
> 
> I would do it (or help) when I had some knowledge in Windows batch
> programming. Unfortunately ...
[orcmid] 

That part, I can do [;<).

> 
> > but meanwhile work on getting competent at preparing a full release
> > promptly if needed.
> 
> Maybe we are not that far aways from each other. What I want to to avoid
> is to provide hundreads of MBs for a single fix. Of course we can do a
> 4.1.3 with some collected fixes. As I don't know what is coming in the
> future I would not love to see another 4.1.4, 4.1.5, 4.1.6, etc. when
> the calendar is still showing 2016. ;-)
[orcmid] 

So far, we have the good fortune of a fix having its effect only in a single shared library,
with no problems of substitution into the already-shipped stable binary.

Other problems may not be so easy.

And with these fixes like 4.1.2-patch1, the level of end-user expertise required is a problem.

Perhaps we will learn to do this kind of fix quickly and with less experimentation in the
future.  We are learning a great deal here.
> 
> Marcus
> 
> 
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