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Re: Bumping epoch and reusing package name "elisa"


> +1 from me. Epochs are not only painful for maintainers, they are
> confusing for users too.

Completely agree with this.

As an curiosa-like aside, I once deliberately bumped an epoch in order
to be *less* confusing to users.

The somewhat unique background and confluence of events was that
upstream were shipping both 4.x & 5.x versions for some time whilst
the Debian epoch was at 4: for each.

This was resulting in demonstrable and user-evidenced confusion around
versions such as `4:5.0~rc4-3`. Truth be told, I was conflating the
various branches too due to the common suffix (combined with the noise
of the regular Debian suffix). I thus therefore "unnecessarily" bumped
the epoch to 5: for the 5.x series.

I'm not sure I would do this again mind you and I'm loathed to mention
it just in case it sets precedent. (Just don't tell anyone, ok?)

Best wishes,

     : :'  :     Chris Lamb
     `. `'`      lamby@debian.org / chris-lamb.co.uk

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