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Re: kernel-image and epoch

On Thu, Sep 21, 2000 at 01:23:48PM +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > > Until Herbert Xu decides to break things once again by using epochs the
> > > one way policy says not to use them.  Epochs are NOT FOR PRE VERSIONS.
> > 
> > Would you mind telling me which version of the policy says that?
> Actually, it's in the packaging manual:
>    Note that the purpose of epochs is to allow us to leave behind
>    mistakes in version numbering, and to cope with situations where the
>    version numbering changes. It is not there to cope with version
>    numbers containing strings of letters which dpkg cannot interpret
>    (such as ALPHA or pre-), [...]
> If you have to package something which is version "X" pre, using
> something like "X-0.1.pre" as the version number is much better than
> using "Xpre-1" and then having to use an epoch for 1:X-1.

Packaging manual advises to use "20000921" for versions of pre-releases,
too, and for the above reason that should be changed to "0.0.20000921".

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