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Re: To epoch or not to epoch?

Andrew Pollock <apollock@debian.org> writes:

> That is the question.
> When I adopted the Argus package, it's version was at
> 2.0.6.beta.1, and was essentially packages of prerelease betas of Argus.
> I've maintained this up to 2.0.6.beta.13, and then to argus.2.0.6.rc[1-4]
> for release candiates.
> Recently, Argus finally released. Problem I now have is that 2.0.6 is less
> than 2.0.6.rc4. So one option is an epoch, another option is to tack some
> crap on the end of the version (perhaps make it 2.0.6.release) so that it's
> larger than 2.0.6.rc4.
> I've seen references to aversion of epochs in this list in the past, and so
> I was wondering what's best to do? Given the release cycle of Argus, there
> is the potential for it to sit at 2.0.6 now for quite some time.

You can never get rid of an epoch, ever.

On the other hand a 2.0.6.rel or 2.0.6.release is a temporary uglyness
and for 2.0.7 betas and rc candidates you know to avoid future
conflict and you can phase out the uglyness.

Your choice.


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