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Re: Version specific packages

Hamish Moffatt wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 08, 1998 at 10:38:13AM -0400, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> > So `gri' would always point to the latest installed version, but
> > `gri-VERSION' also existed and coexisted with prior versions.  This is to
> > protect the user from gri version incompatibilities after the user has
> > spent a day tweaking a plot to look just right under a given version of
> > gri.
> It's done with libraries and the kernel already. This tends to produce
> package names such as slang0.99.38-0.99.38-6; 

I always wondered about those names!

Too bad that a force --do_not_remove_prior_version flag doesn't exist
for dpkg.  It could solve part of the problem.


How about if I:

  - Package gri-2.1.17-1_i386.deb for general use.  It would be overriden
    by subsequent versions.

  - Package gri2.1.17-2.1.17_1_i386.deb for specific installs.

If the package gets into Debian, then gri-2.1.17-1_i386.deb would be used
there, but I'd make packages like gri2.1.17-2.1.17_1_i386.deb available for
download at my ftp site (with a mention of that in /usr/doc/gri/).

I suppose this is really a question for debian-policy?
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