OK this is more of a rant than a question.
I'm preparing the confluence upgrade and spending hours of pain with plugins problems. If you use a plugin, you will get an immediate benefit, but you are just borrowing pain from destiny that will be paid back at some random time, at around the rate of ten times the benefit. And I include my own plugins in this.
Here's my latest problem. If you disable the jira-connector plugin, this causes the keyboard shortcuts to fail, but only when in edit mode. Why? I'm not exactly sure, but I saw in the code that it includes a hack for a problem with the jira-connector macro, so it probably tries to set some global variable that the other plugin sets, or uses a selector that assumes the other plugin's presence.
Anyway getting to even understand the fix involved hours of binary chopping, let alone working out what the root cause is, which I leave to someone else.
I had a similar but not as painful problem with another plugin that was stomping on an xwork package name.
How do other people deal with this? Or is it just shizzle that one must go through? Or do you stay well away from upgrades and let other people handle it first?
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