Re: Official Exim 4 package
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On Mon, Mar 24, 2003 at 11:26:38AM -0600, Jamin Collins wrote:
> No it's not. Version number indicate a progression of an application,
> they have no indication of "major differences between two releases".
If version numbers don't describe precisely that, what does?
> Just because a package moves from 1.x to 2.x or 3.x gives no indication
> of any major changes. They are just version numbers.
Actually, when the major number changes, that's generally an
indication that something big has changed.
The Debian packaging system only understands progress and not
necissarily the ramifications of such. This could very easily be
fixed and allow for multiple versions of the same package in a
particular tree if the packaging tools would ask the user which
version they meant, and whichever version the packager recommends
using could be the default option. All this would take is adding a
single, optional flag for "default version."
[re: epochs to accomplish the same thing]
> This could/would cause serious breakage with the existing package pool.
> In short, not a good idea.
Right. Epochs have a totally different usage altogether, to fix
situations when the packager typoed a version number and committed it.
.''`. Baloo Ursidae <firstname.lastname@example.org>
: :' : proud Debian admin and user
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