Update precise package to hdf5 1.8.13

Asked by Whaleberg on 2014-08-04

Would it be possible to update the hdf5 packages for precise to hdf5 1.8.13? I would be willing to help but I'm not sure how to go about doing so.

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Precise is an LTS release. LTS releases concentrate on stability and so packages are less likely to be updated unless there is a significant reason to do so.

If you report a bug and highlight the bug and security fixes the package may be updated sooner. You may also find a PPA on Launchpad but the simple fact that a new version is out does not get the package updated as Ubuntu is not a rolling release and packages will be left, especially in the LTS releases.

Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

According to https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/hdf5 even the development version utopic has only the 1.8.12 version.
Debian is already starting in "experimental" with 1.8.13, https://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=hdf5&searchon=names&suite=all&section=all

The usual sequence would be:
Wait that Debian has that version in sid or jessie
Request that this version is taken over to the Ubuntu development version
Request a backport of that version to older Ubuntu releases

Independent from that you can:
Search for a PPA that has the version that you want
Create your own PPA with that version
Search for a downloadable package on the homepage of that program (preferably in .deb format, eventually in .rpm format to be converted with alien or similar programs)
Download the source from the homepage and compile that program yourself

Experimental packages will be VERY unlikely to be added to an LTS release, due to the stability targets outlined earlier.

Whaleberg (whaleberg) said : #5

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.

Whaleberg (whaleberg) said : #6

Thanks to everyone who replied. That makes complete sense that an experimental package wouldn't be added to the lts release.