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Re: Creating a transition package for source and binary switching

In <200906200345.35499.peter.fritzsche@gmx.de>, Peter Fritzsche wrote:
>The idea behind it is that the 3: can go away

No, it can't.  The part before the first colon is the "epoch" and it is 
assumed to be 0 for any package that doesn't have one.  Therefore any 
version without an epoch will be considered to be a lower version (that 
3:1.1-2) by dpkg and any higher-level tools, including apt.

Once an epoch is in place, it is required to stay.  That's one reason the 
should be avoided if possible.
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