Re: epoch fix?
But either way, the problem is that .dsc and .deb version numbers are
not used only by dpkg. Lots of tools use them, inside and outside of
Debian packages, inside and outside of Debian infrastructure. We
cannot be sure that they all use dpkg's own interfaces to do so (e.g.
dpkg --compare-versions, perl -MDpkg::Version).
Not to mention that just because the debian archive only cares about
version numbers within the last few releases does not mean other tools
may not care about maintaining sane ordering over longer periods.
I strongly belive that a proposal that changes version numbers in a way
that breaks the assumption that a>b and b>c implies a>c is a horrible
idea and a cure worse than the disease.