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Policy / safety for code updates

by
Brightwave LTD, Jesse Morgan
- 11/06/2016 19:12:53
Hi there,

I have recently started running Odoo 9 Community for my (small at the moment) retail business.
I am also a software developer, and have been increasingly impressed with the platform, framework, API and implementation of Odoo.

I have already begun writing my own small apps to alter functionality.
I plan to make these available once I have stabilized them a bit more and got the hang packaging them up for public consumption.

I have already come across bugs, one which I went to fix myself; but luckily checked the Odoo git repo for Odoo 9 branch first, and found that a fix had already been merged.

It's great seeing how active and open Odoo is.

My question is this: What is the general policy / thoughts on keeping an Odoo community installation up to date with the latest code changes for that version?

Is it generally considered safe to pull the latest merged code changes (for the version you are running, not a version upgrade)

Or is it likely/possible that a code change may introduce issues for an already deployed Odoo installation, due to changes in database structure or some such?

Any suggestions or pointers here would be great!

Thanks,
Jesse