Hi Otto and the LTS team,

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 10:50:34AM +0200, Otto Kekäläinen wrote:
> I think that is *if* makes sense to engineer some automatic upgrade path in
> an LTS release, then it would be to introduce MariaDB 10.1 into Jessie.

If this is explicitly opted in to by users then I have no objection.

However since the MySQL -> MariaDB crossgrade is not easily reversible
(MariaDB modifies the on-disk schema/format), I don't think this is a
good idea to do automatically. Users may, on upgrade past Jessie, choose
to continue with MySQL coming from a source that isn't Debian stable
(eg. by using unstable, directly from upstream, or a change of
distribution). Automatically converting their database to not-MySQL
would make that difficult, and would be a violation of the stable
release promise for those users. I think that affected users would quite
rightly be upset about it.


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