Minimal version of Mail::Mailer

David Miller justdave at
Fri Feb 11 06:35:39 UTC 2005

Vlad Dascalu wrote:

> Without trying to reopen the reevaluation thing or something like that, 
> I'd like to suggest that the email below is an example of losing the 
> "big picture".

It's actually a good example of getting the big picture.

> Often we don't see the forest due to the trees; there are more crucial 
> things to do for regarding Bugzilla's interests rather than decreasing 
> version numbers for its dependencies (with no real benefit and with the 
> danger of introducing regressions).

The minimum version requested by the patch that introduced our 
dependency on that module requires a version of the module that many of 
the common packaging systems (Debian, Fedora, ppm, etc) are not yet 
packaging.  The version was added only because that's the version the 
author had on his system when he wrote the patch, and not because we 
actually had a reason to depend on it.  This thread was an attempt to 
try to find out what version we really need to require, rather than just 
guessing at it, so as to avoid preventing people from upgrading if they 
can't get the required version of Mail::Mailer.  These kinds of specific 
things are very important for us to pay attention to in order to improve 
our installation and upgrade experience, which is the main thing most of 
our critics still complain about.

Dave Miller                         
System Administrator, Mozilla Foundation
Project Leader, Bugzilla Bug Tracking System

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