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Re: To epoch or not to epoch?



On Fri, May 07, 2004 at 10:23:42AM -0600, Bob Proulx wrote:
> I personally like the scheme of versioning betas and release
> candidates with the previous version '+' the new version.  For example
> a version 1.1 transitioning to 2.1 with a release candidate named
> 2.1rc1 by upstream would not be versioned 2.1rc1.  I would version it
> 1.1+2.1rc1.  I think the version number communicates well what is
> happening with the package.

Note that after Sarge is released, policy can be changed to allow a
version number of 2.1~rc1, which compares as less than 2.1

So from that moment on, you can use the tilde character to have version
numbers reflecting pre-releases, which indeed compare as less than the
unqualified version number. Incidently, alpha < beta < m[ilestone] < rc,
so the most common prerelease versions are well settled for quite
naturally. Also within debian revisions, one can use -4~backport2 or
-4~test1 or -4~experimental1 as version number for packages not (yet)
uploaded to sid.

--Jeroen

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Jeroen van Wolffelaar
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