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

On Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:40:01 -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

> I think this is an interesting conversation, but so far as I can tell it's
> not particularly relevant to Policy.  There are no such packages with
> those version numbers currently in Debian, so Policy can simply say that
> there will never be in the future either and be done with it.

There is (or better: was) cnews, in etch and lenny, with

I noticed this because of
    dpkg-query: warning: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 699262 package 'cnews':
     error in Version string 'cr.g7-40.4': version number does not start with digit
each time I build a package (maybe I should just remove oldstable
from my sources.list at some point :))
(Just as a side note, and not relevant for policy.)

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