[tcpdump-workers] how many stable branches to have

Michael Richardson mcr at sandelman.ca
Thu May 21 14:16:32 EDT 2015

There was a discussion about what branches to possibly backport fixes to.

Guy has related:

Guy Harris <guy at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
    > Wireshark has:

    > https://wiki.wireshark.org/Development/LifeCycle
    > * the current development branch (master, trunk, whatever);
    > * the current stable branch (currently 1.12);
    > * the current "old stable" branch (currently 1.10);

    > Security fixes are backported to the stable and "old stable" branches
    > if they apply (or committed to those branches if they don't exist in
    > the trunk), as are some other bug fixes.

I don't think that we need to have both stable and old-stable.
People asked for more regular releases awhile ago, and I said that I'd get
two releases out a year, possibly three, and that they would most likely be
aligned with IETF Spring and Fall meetings.

(IETF meetings have gotten really busy/exhausting for me of late, so
sometimes things have slipped)

    > There are also lts-1.12.1, lts-1.2.11, and lts-1.8.2 branches that were
    > created by Balint Reczey, the maintainer of the Wireshark Debian
    > package, for the benefit of Debian; he backports fixes to those
    > branches for incorporation into older Debian releases.  Presumably
    > other distributions'/*BSDs/etc. maintainers could create their own lts-
    > branches if they want.

    > We might want either to pick a set of "long-term support" branches to
    > which we'll backport security fixes and at least some other fixes, or
    > offer a similar option to maintainers to create their own lts-
    > branches.

I have no problem with having lts- branches created for distros, and I'd
rather do that than have "old stable".  I'd rather call them something like:
or     centos7-4.7

so that we'd know both where it is going, and also when we can abandon

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