[development] Announcing DRUPAL-7-0-UNSTABLE-2

Nathaniel Catchpole catch56 at googlemail.com
Mon Oct 13 17:13:46 UTC 2008

I don't think we should maintain documentation for API changes between
UNSTABLE versions, that seems like a recipe for a huge mess to me and lots
and lots of duplicate work.

There seems to be two ways you'd upgrade a contrib module:

1. Every time there's an unstable release, upgrade your contrib module
2. wait a while, then upgrade to the latest UNSTABLE (or beta, or 7.0)
Maintaining two sets of upgrade documentation seems to be accounting for
3. Wait a while, then go through UNSTABLE-1, UNSTABLE-2, UNSTABLE-3 one at a

3. just looks like a lot of work for no gain to me.

Therefore, if an API changes between UNSTABLE-1 and UNSTABLE-2 - then we
should document the 6.x - 7.x upgrade in UNSTABLE-2 as 'this is the most
recent unstable release where this particular API was changed'. If
UNSTABLE-2 is out, no-one should be trying to upgrade to UNSTABLE-1 at all.
If you're upgrading from UNSTABLE-1 to UNSTABLE-2, then the fact that (in
this example) permissions changes are there again, means you ought to be
able to work out what to do.

In the same way we don't provide database updates for different versions of
HEAD, I don't think we should provide API updates for different versions of
HEAD either.

Or have I missed something really obvious?


On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 6:02 PM, Gábor Hojtsy <gabor at hojtsy.hu> wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM, Angela Byron <drupal-devel at webchick.net>
> wrote:
> > Ah, this is how I would handle this:
> >
> > * Keep the text of the page geared toward people updating 6 to 7 all at
> > once. (issue) and (issue); no need to specify when it was added.
> >
> > * In the table of contents though, under UNSTABLE-2, add the permission
> > change with a link to the place that talks about both.
> "Place that talks about both" would be the same as in the * before,
> right? Somehow we'd still need to point people on what changed in that
> section from one UNSTABLE to the other, right? Or did I miss
> something?
> Gabor
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