Re: Is dpkg --compare-versions canonical?
Russ Allbery <email@example.com> writes:
> Thanks for the confirmation!
> martin f krafft <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> also sprach Russ Allbery <email@example.com> [2005.08.23.1908 +0200]:
>>> Is there a document anywhere outside of the dpkg source that explains
>>> the algorithm for how version numbers are ordered by the archive
> *sigh*. I'm sorry about that; I've read that several times but thought
> something more complex was going on under the hood, since it didn't seem
> to explain this case. I completely missed the following sentence:
> | The lexical comparison is a comparison of ASCII values modified so that
> | all the letters sort earlier than all the non-letters.
> which does indeed entirely explain why "rc" sorts before ".".
> Thank you for the kick in the right direction!
It is out of date since it does not explain ~ yet. Maybe, if you have
the time and since you just looked at the matter closely anyway, you
could draw up a few lines and send a patch?