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Re: ~ in package versions

On Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 04:47:39PM -0500, Adam Heath wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Jun 2005, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 16, 2005 at 12:00:43AM +1000, Paul TBBle Hampson wrote:
> > > I just wanted to confirm my recollection that now that stable has been released
> > > with support for ~ in package versions in dpkg and apt, we can now use ~ in
> > > package versions for upload to the Debian archive.
> >
> > > Is this right, or have I misremembered?
> >
> > It was that such package versions could not be used *before* sarge released,
> > not that they would be supported immediately *after* the release; the change
> > has not yet been made to make this possible for etch.
> Namely, as you told me on irc, that dak uses ~ internally as a separator; this
> obviously conflicts with dpkg's use of it in versions.
> So, to those wondering, this is more than just removing some simple
> forbiddince check.  It also requires not just completely allowing it; ~ can
> only be allowed for uploads into testing and unstable.

Doesn't that also make backporting packages to Sarge (if they have ~ in
the version) a bit more dicey?


Roberto C. Sanchez

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