Note: "permalinks" may not be as permanent as we would like,
direct links of old sources may well be a few messages off.
I am in a bit of a quandary. We are running production systems on RHEL-5 with the DRBD 8.0.11 build from the CentOS Extras repository. We urgently need to update to 8.0.12 due to the critical bug in dopd in 8.0.11 that essentially breaks the high availability failover feature of a heartbeat/drbd combination. However, the CentOS maintainer of the DRBD package has stopped supporting the 8.0.x branch and has moved to supporting only the 8.2.x branch. We cannot upgrade to 8.2.x. The spirit of RHEL/CentOS releases is **stability first.** Bug fixes and security fixes are backported and bleeding edge new features are shunned. This is why we choose to run RHEL/CentOS on our production servers. If we wanted bleeding edge, we would run Fedora + DRBD 8.2.x. This is not to knock the 8.2.x branch. I'm glad that you continue to push new features and functionality into DRBD. But you clearly understand the need for a more mature stable branch for your production users, or you would not maintain multiple branches of your product. According the the CentOS maintainer, switching to 8.2.x was "the recommendation from the drbd developers, and we are taking their advice." He refers to this thread: http://news.gmane.org/find-root.php?group=gmane.linux.network.drbd&article=14090 IMHO, the CentOSPlus repository would be an appropriate place for the DRBD 8.2.x branch. CentOSExtras should continue to support the 8.0.x branch as the current "stable" branch. It should never have been suggested that 8.0.x be replaced by 8.2.x. The removal of support of the 8.0.x branch in CentOS Extras is a major break in the the RHEL/CentOS release policy and it completely breaks anyone in our situation. The package management "rug" has been pulled out from under us. This is critically important, especially with a product like DRBD that has many intricate components and requires mating to the current kernel version. This is **not** something that we want to build ourselves. I respectfully ask that you add your comments to this bug report, and let the CentOS DRBD maintainer know that continuing support for the current stable branch of DRBD is critical for your current production users of that branch. The bug URL is: http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=2795 Sincerely, Sam W.