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Bug#620566: dpkg: "version number does not start with digit" is in contrast to policy

On Mon, Apr 04, 2011 at 02:23:25AM -0500, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > On Sun, 03 Apr 2011, Russ Allbery wrote:
> >> My inclination is to second this, but I want to make sure that we've
> >> answered your and Julien's objections first.
> >
> > And for complete reference, dpkg accepts those version in
> > /var/lib/dpkg/status (so that dpkg still works for users with affected
> > packages installed) but will not a accept to install a .deb with a bad
> > version anymore.
> One possibility would be to mandate in policy that:
> 1. upstream_version must start with a digit;

Unfortunately, we cannot force upstream to use a version that start by a digit,
We would need to document a mangling process for upstream version that start
by a letter.

I really fail to see the motivation for this change in dpkg.

So far, I am objecting to the change as it is.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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