I recently converted from long-time lurker to subscribed forum member, so: hello everyone!
I’ve been using darktable since about version 2.7. Lately I was wondering if I might switch from version 4.4.2 to the current development version, in order to have access to the latest and greatest improvements. As I understand it, the development version is not downwards compatible when it comes to DB schema and XMP sidecars. In other words, reverting back to stable (or sometimes even to a previous commit?) in case of problems would be a pain. Is this correct? Are any of you using the development version exclusively? I would be glad if you would share your experiences: Are you using nightlies or the latest master branch? How often do you upgrade? Is it stable enough for you? Is it worth it for you?
Welcome to the forum!
I used to do this, on windows, mostly using weekly builds provided my @wpferguson (thanks) back around the dt 4.1 era I think, and did occasionally have an issue. I was mostly able to keep going though by reverting back a build or two, until whatever issue was sorted, then I could get up to date again. Worked fine.
I’m not doing that now though, because although I’d like to provide user testing I’m finding myself a bit short on time to keep track of releases and any issues, and for me the photography comes first…
I do occasionally install a recent build though, to try a new feature or whatever, but run it with -configdir, -tempdir and cachedir to keep everything separate from my main system