[postgis-devel] [PostGIS] #904: PostGIS 2.0.0 stop testing on 8.3 and make 8.4 minimum

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Mon Apr 11 04:37:00 PDT 2011

#904: PostGIS 2.0.0 stop testing on 8.3 and make 8.4 minimum
 Reporter:  robe        |       Owner:  chodson      
     Type:  task        |      Status:  new          
 Priority:  medium      |   Milestone:  PostGIS 2.0.0
Component:  management  |     Version:  trunk        
 Keywords:  hudson      |  

Comment(by robe):

 I think we should make it as a general easy to remember rule that we will
 NOT support more than 3 versions of any PostgreSQL release and if it
 happens to work don't necessarily assume it will in the next micro
 release.  Keep in mind for each minor version of PostGIS we support, we
 should expect to support it for 2 years.  I don't want to support
 PostgreSQL 8.3 for another 2 years on 2.0.

  That's the main reason I want to drop 8.3.  There are enough minute
 details between changes in what's allowed between PostgreSQL 8.4 and 8.3
 to drive me crazy that I really don't want to keep on watching my back
 when programming or people complain of performance issues etc.

 As far as besides that reason, the main reason to drop it now is:
 1) we can use variadic functions which raster folks want to use and I
 personally would like to use too.  Though you don't think its a
 maintenance nightmare, I can't tell you what a great burden it has been in
 my mind to not have my databases cluttered with 400 duplicate or legacy
 functions and I'm thinking wouldn't it be wonderful if I didn't have to
 deal with 5 variants of all those output and raster functions.  We've
 already dropped our count of functions down by 200 or so by chucking those
 legacy functions and that is despite adding in 100 or so more functions.

 2) That hack you have in there for pgxs to deal with 8.3, I want that
 removed and we can't if we are still supporting 8.3.

Ticket URL: <http://trac.osgeo.org/postgis/ticket/904#comment:2>
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