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Re: 0.35 => Beta => 1.0 schedule

From: Colin Watson <cjwatson_at_flatline.org.uk>
Date: 2003-12-05 19:47:10 CET

On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 12:34:23PM -0500, Greg Hudson wrote:
> In another message, Colin Watson said of my proposed scheme:
> > It's not compatible with dpkg, though:
> I'm told this is a cause of some amount of consternation in Debian,
> leading to package version numbers like "1.2.99-1.3beta3", where 1.2.99
> is a completely ficitious version number designed to sort correctly.
> I'm also told that there has been some discussion of adding a version
> character which sorts lower than any other character, such that
> "1.1~beta1" would be less than "1.1", but I don't know the status of
> that proposal.

This is all true, and with any luck will resolve several problems; last
time I looked at this I think either choice of ordering resulted in
pathological cases somewhere, so it's hard to win without something like

~ has been implemented in dpkg and apt, I believe, but we can't use it
until after the next stable release.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]
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