Deprecating Old Amarok Versions

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Thu Oct 3 06:58:32 BST 2019

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 6:32 AM Luigi Toscano <luigi.toscano at> wrote:
> Boudewijn Rempt ha scritto:
> > On woensdag 2 oktober 2019 18:12:46 CEST Luigi Toscano wrote:
> >
> >> Regarding this new, different topic that you just brought up for discussion,
> >> and waiting for some words from the remaining amarok contributors, if I had to
> >> choose I'd advise to not deprecate the current amarok repository (whose master
> >> is KF5-based) until we switch to Qt6.
> >
> > Nobody was talking about the repository; the proposal was to remove the tarballs of a qt4-based amarok.
> >
> I disagree, or at least there is a terminology problem.
> This answer talks about deprecating applications. All Qt4 stuff are already
> deprecated, and (with one sad exception) stopped shipping them. We don't
> extract their translations anymore (with one exception, hopefully not for long).
> So there is really no further action item that needs to be taken, unless
> "deprecating" is interpreted in the way of "moving to unmaintained", hence my
> answer.
> Regarding the tarballs, I'm not sure we can remove them completely. You may
> argue that their content can be reconstructed from the git tags, but let's
> play it on the safe side and keep them somewhere, also for historical reference.
> Should we move them to a separate place? Sure, why not. Just remember that
> this is going to be more work for the sysadmins, so it's up to them to decide
> when (also because some applications have mixed Qt4 and Qt5 tarballs in their
> /stable/ or /unstable/ directories). As I wrote, I think it should be more
> consistent than just moving one specific tarball, and that in general this
> move is not really going to provide us any relevant gain.

We already have such a place - the Attic. All releases that are
unsupported get moved to the Attic.
This happens more often for projects whose releases take up a large
amount of space, so it's quite possible that projects with just a
single source tarball still have tarballs that are quite old under
either stable/ or unstable/

Moving things to the Attic is fortunately a reasonably cheap operation.


> --
> Luigi

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