Florian Weimer wrote: > * martin f. krafft: > >> Thanks to the work of our DPL Anthony "aj" Towns (and all the other >> people who have worked on this without my knowledge), I am happy to >> announce that dak, our archive management software, finally supports >> the use of the tilde ('~') in version numbers. > > Should we really start using this feature even though it violates > section 5.6.12 of the Policy? It's great to see '~' support finally coming to dak, if only the announcement happened a few months earlier I would have used it in one of my packages initially. It was a 0.1 prerelease (being pretty stable though), so I called it 0.09+0.1.svn. Reading this announcement I thought, great and wanted to start using '~', only to discover that dpkg believes that 0.09+0.1.svn > 0.1~svn. I have to admit that when choosing 0.09+0.1 as version number I didn't check with dpkg --compare-versions because then I would have discovered that "dpkg --compare-versions '0.09' '=' '0.9'" yields true, which I think is rather odd, because it means that now all version numbers up to 0.9 will be considered < 0.09+0.1. So, what should I do now: 1.) Wait for a 0.10 release. I think my users wouldn't be happy ;-) 2.) Use an epoch. 3.) File a bug report against dpkg. If it's not a bug in dpkg, could someone please elaborate on the reasoning of this behaviour. I'd be grateful for any comments and replies. Cheers, Michael -- Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?
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