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Re: glibc_2.0.7pre1-3 uploaded to master

On Tuesday, March 03, Dale Scheetz wrote
> Format: 1.5
> Date: Sun,  1 Mar 1998 19:02:48 -0500
> Source: glibc
> Binary: timezones libc6 libc6-pic libc6-dbg locales libc6-doc libc6-dev
> Architecture: source i386 all
> Version: 2.0.7pre1-3

Ugh. There really should be something in the Policy Manual against using
'pre'. It doesn't seem to be a widely known fact, but according to dpkg:

$dpkg --compare-versions 2.0.7pre-3 lt 2.0.7-4 || echo 'Uhoh... 2.0.7pre-4 > 2.0.7-5'
Huhoh... 2.0.7pre-4 > 2.0.7-5

Well, I suppose one could use 'rel' instead of an epoch:

$dpkg --compare-versions 2.0.7pre-3 lt 2.0.7rel-1 && echo Everything ok.
Everything ok.

But in the future, either dpkg should be changed to understand 'pre'
correctly or people should be warned against it.


PS Replies to debian-policy...

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