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Re: Debian part of a version number when epoch is bumped

 ❦ 14 février 2018 12:53 +0100, Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> :

>> > Would it hurt to take those epoch bumps into Debian?
>> Depends on what you mean by hurt. I see epochs being used w/o much
>> tought or care, on many situations where they are not supposed to be
>> used, and they are permanent stigmas.
> I wonder where this representation of "epoch" as a "stigma" comes from.
> They're a part of a version number. They're as much a stigma as the "57"
> in "libavcodec57". What's the big deal? Just use it if you need to, and
> be done with it.
> There's really really really nothing wrong with using an epoch. If some
> of our (or someone else's) infrastructure has issues dealing with them,
> then that's a bug in the infrastructure and we should fix it. But nobody
> should be afraid of using an epoch when the upstream version number
> changes incompatibly, because *that's what they're for*.

It's not only an infrastructure problem. If you Depends on X (>= 1.8),
this will be true with X 1:1.6 as well.
Use the fundamental control flow constructs.
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