[swift-evolution] [swift-build-dev] Proposal: Package Manager Version Pinning
abeingessner at apple.com
Fri Oct 14 19:17:55 CDT 2016
> On Oct 14, 2016, at 8:00 PM, Paul Cantrell <cantrell at pobox.com> wrote:
>>> On Oct 14, 2016, at 6:42 PM, Daniel Dunbar <daniel_dunbar at apple.com> wrote:
>>> On Oct 14, 2016, at 4:02 PM, Paul Cantrell <cantrell at pobox.com> wrote:
>>> I’m puzzled. If a package’s pinning does not affect any other package that uses it, why should the defaults be different? A library will still suffer from all the “works for me” problems an app might.
>>> Is the rationale that not pinning libraries encourages accidental testing of new versions of a library’s dependencies as they arrive? Or is there another rationale for having different defaults?
>> I'll defer to this comment (linked from someone else earlier in the thread), which happens to match up with my perspective:
> I took that comment to be an explanation of why a library's lockfile/pinfile should not propagate to other packages that use it. That is clearly the case; such pin propagation would be nonsensical.
> My question was not about that, but about why libraries shouldn’t use a pinfile at all, even for their own _internal_ development. All the same “last know good build” concerns apply.
> The difference is that testing against that single last known good version set is sufficient for a top-level package, whereas a library should (1) ideally test against multiple valid dependency versions and (2) test often against new versions of its dependencies. I don’t see, however, that this implies that libraries should not have pinfiles at all — just that their release / CI process should not be limited to what’s pinned.
A few comments down, Yehuda even provides an example of him doing just that with Bundler:
But in this case you actually want to maintain *many* lock files, and so it seems fine to require a bit of extra work (passing some flags) to do this. Drifting tests are the better default here. It makes library CI into an alpha-tester, empowering binaries to be more confident in upgrading frequently.
> Cheers, P
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