[development] Drupal 5 incremental release?

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Sat Jul 21 18:20:01 UTC 2007

On Saturday 21 July 2007, Vasileios Lourdas wrote:
> On Saturday 21 July 2007 20:08:57 Caleb Gilbert wrote:
> > > You said the current 5.x-dev breaks with contributed
> > > modules. But you don't see a reason not to release it?!
> > >
> > > It's been quite common that contributed modules have required some
> >
> > updating along with the Drupal core upgrades (even the incremental ones).
> > If there is a new policy which says that a Drupal core upgrade should
> > never result in any contributed modules being broken, that seems like a
> > new precedent.
> It depends on the meaning of the word "upgrade". Upgrade should probably
> stand for 5.x -> 6, whereas update 5.x -> 5.y, where x < y. In the latter
> case, yes, no modules should ever be broken. That's the meaning of the API
> freeze in the first place.

As I understand it, the policy for intra-version upgrades (5.x->5.y, etc.) has 
been "don't break anything unless you really really really have to for 
security" (e.g., swapping out an XML-RPC library mid-version.)  I think 
that's a good policy to maintain.

I don't know enough about the supposed 5.x-dev breaks to say if they count, 
but I am running 5.x-dev on a site that just launched because I needed some 
of its bugfixes, and so far nothing has blown up.  It's even survived an 
upgrade to jQuery :-)

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