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Re: Bug#322359: gnats: FTBFS: unpacking fails - Please do not use a version number ending with '-0'

Andreas Jochens <aj@andaco.de>  wrote:
> On 05-Aug-10 07:05, Chad Walstrom wrote:
> > reassign 322359 dpkg 1.13.10
> > 
> > Andreas Jochens <aj@andaco.de>  wrote:
> > > This is because the new dpkg does not accept a version ending with '-0'.
> > 
> > Well then.  Wouldn't that be a bug with dpkg? ;-)
> I understand that this was changed intentionally. 
> Policy seems to require that the numbers start with '-1'.

Require is hardly true.  If I recall correctly, and perhaps I'm a
geezer in this respect, policy recommends that debian package numbers
start with -1.  It doesn't require that they do.  In fact, tools have
been designed to accommodate both 0 and 1 as the initial version.  We
do live in a computer world where ordinal numbers are a rule, not an

If the debian-policy makers enforce the no "-0" rule, I will upload a
new version.  But until I'm told otherwise, I'll continue to use "-0"
as my initial package versions.

Chad Walstrom <chewie@wookimus.net>           http://www.wookimus.net/
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