system autodeath

Jima jima at
Thu Aug 21 15:01:24 UTC 2008

Horst H. von Brand wrote:
> Also, some people I know stick to old versions for (closed source or
> inhouse developed) software that is hard/impossible to port forward, or
> just random inconsistencies between versions (automount troubles between
> CentOS 5, CentOS 4, Fedora 8 and 9 here were a recent example; we are
> working on open source related to the ALMA radioastronomy observatory,
> there they are still running ancient Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions due
> to software written in "C++" as understood by old GCC, newer GCCs just barf
> at the code and rewriting/retesting that huge mess is a titanic job just
> now really underway).
> On philosophical grounds, I'm against forcing people forward, even for
> their own good...  /encouraging/ them forward is a much better idea.

  Well, forcing people forward would be making the autodeath package (or 
whatnot) not removable.  Even if it were installed by default (which 
would surprise me, admittedly), one could always remove or disable it.


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