Re: [PATCH 3/4] http: drop support for curl < 7.19.4
- Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:19:29 -0400
- From: Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/4] http: drop support for curl < 7.19.4
On Wed, Aug 09, 2017 at 10:34:09AM -0700, Stefan Beller wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 5:02 AM, Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Since v2.12.0, Git does not compile with versions of curl
> > older than 7.19.4. That version of curl is about 8 years
> > old. This means it may still be used in some distributions
> > with long-running support periods. But the fact that we
> > haven't received a single bug report about the compile-time
> > breakage implies that nobody cares about building recent
> > releases on such platforms.
> I would not state it as bland, see how
> came here to the mailing list.
Heh, I almost added "Or they are happy patching Git themselves". This
_does_ make patching Git harder for them, because now there are a lot
more spots to patch.
> > As discussed in the previous two commits, this cleans up the
> > code and gives a more realistic signal to users about which
> > versions of Git are actually tested (in particular, this
> > moves us past the potential use-after-free issues with curl
> > older than 7.17.0).
> This is a good reason for this patch, though, so maybe just elide
> the "nobody cares" part?
I think I'd rather elaborate than elide. One of the reasons to split
this into multiple patches is that it's a ready-made patch for a
distributor to apply (in reverse) if they really want to.