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Re: Labels for the netinst iso images


Roland Clobus <rclobus@rclobus.nl> (2023-05-05):
> While replying to #1035381, I noticed that the label of the ISO netinst
> images is quite different for each of the variants:
> 11-released: Debian 11.7.0 amd64 n [1]
> daily: Debian testing amd64 n [2]
> RC2: Debian bookworm-DI-rc2 amd64 n [3]
> This complicates the detection in e.g. osinfo-db and other sources for
> running virtual images, which 'autodetect' the ISO image type.
> Could/Should the labels be changed to have a more consistent structure?
> e.g. Debian 12(.\d+.\d+|rc\d+|daily) amd64 n

That doesn't seem appropriate to me. A *D-I* Alpha can be published just
a few months after the freeze is first lifted, and that's *definitely*
not I would label “Debian n+1 $anything”. Using either testing or its
$codename seems far better.

(We already have people confuse D-I Bookworm RC n with “Debian has a
release candidate”, which isn't something that exists.)

That being said, to avoid having to know each codename in advance (even
if they tend to be chosen and announced some time in advance), it should
be possible to spot official stable releases (AFAICT dot-separate
numbers for many releases now, exceptions include 6.0.1a and,
and d-i dailies/releases with a single pattern?

    /^Debian (testing|\w+-DI-.*) [other stuff]/

And if you need to be more precise for the after-“-DI-” part, I think
we're only going to use /(a|rc)\d+/ there.

That being said, I'm happy to let debian-cd people decide whether to
update, and what with, they're responsible for those choices, and know
about label size constraints, etc.

Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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