When to new directives from mainline trickle down to stable?

John Reeve jreeve at myintervals.com
Fri Mar 14 00:02:32 UTC 2014

Sarah (and Aaron),

Thank you the clarification. At this point we'll have to revisit our options for session persistance and load balancing. If we have any questions about nginx I'll reach out to you.



-----Original Message-----
From: nginx-bounces at nginx.org [mailto:nginx-bounces at nginx.org] On Behalf Of Sarah Novotny
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:15 PM
To: nginx at nginx.org
Subject: re: When to new directives from mainline trickle down to stable?

Hi John, 

> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM, John Reeve <jreeve at myintervals.com> wrote:
> Hi!
> We are currently using the stable release of nginx. We'd really like 
> to implement the sticky directive that was added to the HTTP Upstream 
> Module in the mainline release in 1.5.7 
> (http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/ngx_http_upstream_module.html#sticky)
> My question is this... how long does it take for a new directive like this to appear in stable? 1.5.7 was released in Nov 2013. I'm wondering if we should move to mainline in our production environment, or wait patiently for sticky to become part of stable.
> I've scoured the FAQs and docs but can't find any info on when features trickle down to stable. Any insight you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Our stable releases are cut annually midyear.  So, 1.5.X will become 1.6 in a few months.

However, there is a further complexity in that some of the features in the 1.5.X line are only available in our commercial release of NGINX Plus.
Sticky is one of those directives.  I'm sorry that's not more clear in the documentation.  We're working to update the visuals and information layout in our documentation to make that easier to parse at a glance.

If you have further questions about the commercial release, we'd be happy to help but I'd ask you contact me off the FOSS list and I'll connect you to the right person.



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