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Re: feature or stable

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: feature or stable
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 09:22:12 -0800

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Dave Yost <Dave@Yost.com> writes:

> There is a big hole in the documentation about downloading cvs.
> http://www.nongnu.org/cvs/#TOCdownloading
> says to go here:
> http://ftp.gnu.org/non-gnu/cvs/source/
> gives these two choices:
>    feature/
>    nightly-snapshots/
>    stable/
> I understand nightly-snapshots and stable.  These are standard.  

Good. Then you know the right thing to get for 99.9% of users.

> But what is feature?

 What are the differences between CVS version 1.11.x and 1.12.x?

> Should I be using feature?  

That depends on your needs. You may wish to consider it as a pre-beta
release. (Sort of like what gcc 2.9x was for so many years before gcc
3.x was finally released.)

The code is works reasonably well on recent vintages of GNU/Linux,
FreeBSD, NetBSD, MacOS X, and Solaris (those are the ones I have tested).

It might also work on your clients and servers, but it may not. You
should be certain to use the 'make check' after you build from sources
to see if it passes all of the regression tests. If it does, then you
are probably safe. If not, then I suggest you do not consider using that

STABLE CVS clients may be used with FEATURE CVS servers without any
problems. The reverse should also be true. Please do report any bugs you
notice if you believe you have run into a problem.

> Is it unstable?  

Many folks are using it, but it may have problems on some platforms. It
would be better for you to read the various FAQ files for CVS and the
NEWS file for CVS (go and browse the sources on savannah.nongnu.org)
or download the sources and take a look at it.

> These questions should be answered on the nongnu.org/cvs page.

That is probably a good idea, but I don't know when it will be updated.

The STABLE release of CVS is what most users probably want to choose.

The FEATURE release contains new features that may not work on all
servers supported by STABLE.

        -- Mark
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