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Re: The use of epoch in version

"Boyd Stephen Smith Jr." <bss@iguanasuicide.net> writes:
> On Thursday 28 January 2010 17:03:33 Mats Erik Andersson wrote:

>> 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.

A similar strategy is to add + something to the upstream version.  Such as
1.2.3+real-1 for the next version.  This has the minor advantage of
working even if upstream releases the next version as

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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