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Stable packages

add something like 'By default Arch uses stable packages as released by upstream.' to the end of Frequently_asked_questions#Is_Arch_Linux_a_stable_distribution.3F_Will_I_get_frequent_breakage.3F

Ubone (talk) 11:14, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Can I switch from i686 to x86_64 without reinstalling?

The section - "Can I switch from i686 to x86_64 without reinstalling?" was removed today.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php?title=Frequently_asked_questions&type=revision&diff=532225&oldid=529561

with a reason that Arch no more provides i686.

But I believe that, that's the exact reason, the section should be kept.

So that people who are still on 32bit Arch can migrate to 64bit without losing data.

-- Amish (talk) 15:51, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

While I get your point, Arch i686 had a 9 months depreciation period for people either change distros, upgrade to 64 bit Arch or start using a community port. The depreciation period ended in November 2017, and we are now another 9 more months further. We are talking about systems, which have not been maintained since November 2017 (any pacman -S command does not work on these systems since then). For comparison, when pacman got hook support, users were required to update within two months [1], before upgrades would be unsupported. I do not think we need to have that information on the FAQ anymore, this question should not be asked frequently :-).
[1]
Aimilius (talk) 16:01, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
Upgrading pacman and upgrading whole system (as if brand new) is completely different. Upgrading pacman didn't require much planning. But in this case it needs careful planning. 9 months is sufficient or not? I do not know (I havent been in this situation).
I am not objecting the removal but I am just leaving this on talk page for discussion. I am ok with removal if there is noone objecting.
-- Amish (talk) 16:38, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
I am just providing some more extensive rationale for the removal :-). My point was that the target audience is very small, if not non-existent at this point, and that upgrades after a depreciation period (whether 2 months or 9 months) are unsupported by Arch (references to Arch32 in some other pages were even removed). If people object to the removal, we can undo it of course.
Aimilius (talk) 16:53, 2 August 2018 (UTC)