[Mono-bugs] [Bug 678559] Installing an Older Version of Mono from the Mac Installer Will Break the Framework

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Michael Hutchinson <mhutchinson at novell.com> changed:

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--- Comment #5 from Michael Hutchinson <mhutchinson at novell.com> 2011-03-16 23:53:32 UTC ---
I can't think of any problem with changing the package ID, but I have a couple
of concerns about defaulting to side-by-side behaviour.

Firstly, apps using the system "mono" such as MD will almost invariably be
better off if Current and /usr/bin/mono point to the most recent release, not
the most recent install. The main reason I can think of to install older
versions over newer versions is for checking compatibility for a specific app -
not to make it the new default.

We need to make it really easy for people to uninstall older Monos without
having to use a terminal or keep the original dmg around indefinitely, else
disk usage (and the numbers of runtimes visible in MD) are going increase
substantially over time, and the vast majority of users don't care about having
older runtimes around (I've only ever cared a couple of times, and I'm not even
a typical user).

It seems to me like we're going to make things harder for most users just to
make it easier for a few edge cases.

If we do insist on proliferating runtimes, maybe a compromise would be just to
have 2.6.x, 2.8.x, 2.10.x, instead of 2.6, 2.6.1, 2.6.2, 2.6.3, 2.6.4, 2.6.5,
2.6.7, 2.8, 2.8.1, 2.8.2, 2.10, 2.10.1...

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