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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:16 am    Post subject: How long does it take to go from unstable to stable ? (XFCE) Reply with quote

Hi,

XFCE 4.12 is fairly recent and is the unstable version in Gentoo.

4.10 is the stable one. I was wondering, how long does it take for a package (an this one in particular) to be upgraded to stable ?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rule of thumb is: at least 30 days in the official repo (aka "the portage tree"), not having open bugs, and all needed dependencies being marked stable already. Maintainers can follow their own discretion tho.

I have no idea about the status of Xfce.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a more practical note, the unstable branch of Gentoo is actually very stable. In fact, I can only recall two or three times when I had a problem with it in, maybe 5 years.

In my opinion, stable is good for servers but unstable is actually better suited to desktop users. You may wan to consider simply switching to the unstable branch.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With multiboot and a few extra GiB diskspace it is easy to go for both stable and unstable branch. I downgraded one unstable Gentoo to stable simply by restoring it using an old backup. After "emerge --sync", "emerge -Dvu world" managed to update/downgrade all packages.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok thanks for your answers, i think i'll upgrade right away to the unstable version.

I guess i need to install ~xfce4-meta just for this package, how do I make that possible ?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't recommend that. Stable is solid. Unstable is solid. Mixing the two, not so much.

The file you are looking for is /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords. Add
Code:
xfce-extra/*
xfce-base/*
But, as the saying goes, you get to keep all the pieces if it doesn't go smoothly.

Also, stable to unstable and back again shouldn't require any backups. It should be a nice and smooth transition.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thanks Doc. :D
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it's been exactly a month today that xfce 4.12 has been introduced as unstable, so I think i'll wait that it's made stable, i'm still new to Gentoo and Portage so i don't want to try going for the unstable.
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