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Re: The use of epoch in version

On Thursday 28 January 2010 17:03:33 Mats Erik Andersson wrote:
> torsdag den 28 januari 2010 klockan 16:42 skrev Richard Laager detta:
> > On Thu, 2010-01-28 at 23:04 +0100, Mats Erik Andersson wrote:
> > > Abondoning the tarball-in-tarball form of the
> > > orig.tar-file would change the upstream tarball that comes with the
> > > repackaged debian source, without changes to the upstream version
> >
> > IANADD (and I don't know what you're packaging), but I've always thought
> > that epochs were supposed to be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
> > Could you just get this change ready and wait to upload until the next
> > upstream release?
> The last upstream release was made June 2004. Just an extraordinary
> slim chance that a new release will take place in anything but a
> midway distant future. I have presently five small patches and there
> will be at least two more. Perhaps I can get upstream interested again.

If the upstream version is currently 1.2.3, and debian version is something 
like 1.2.3-4, how about releasing Debian version 1.2.4~repacked~1.2.3-1 with a 
new "upstream" tarball with version 1.2.4~repacked~1.2.3.  You avoid using an 
epoch and can continue waiting on a real 1.2.4 from upstream.
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