Re: [Evolution-hackers] db3 and db4

On Wed, 2003-11-19 at 11:23, Frederic Crozat wrote:
> Le mar 18/11/2003 à 22:33, JP Rosevear a écrit :
> > In order to make evolution and evolution-data-server easier to build, we
> > are trying to cut out the external db3 dependency on a specific
> > version.  So, I'm planning to import db3 into the tree.  However, Dan
> > pointed out that we might want to import the latest db4 so that distros
> > and platforms (for instance netbsd, fink do right now, suse did at one
> > point) that didn't do this are covered.
> Hmm, as a distro packager, I really don't like seeing whole bunch of
> external code being integrated that way in modules.
> Why ?
> Because it makes packages (and fixes) much more harder to fix in case
> something needs to be fix in the external code. 
> The best example is zlib which was copied in a LOT of places (3 times in
> kernel, dozen of time in various apps) and when the first security bug
> was raised in zlib, it tooks about 6 months to get the situation cleaned
> correctly. Moreover, since it was statically link with those programs,
> doing the security fix was really a pain.
> Dynamic linking is really a great think when maintaining distro (or for
> ports to new arch, etc..). So I would really prefer you don't come with
> your own copy of db4 :(
> Of course, if db4 file format is known to not change during the entire
> 4.x branch, it is not really a problem :)

is that true? Is the format in all 4.x versions going to be the same?


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