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Re: Warren's Package Naming Proposal - Revision 2



On Mon, 10 Nov 2003, Mike A. Harris wrote:

> One problem is that the word "pre", or "rc" or others are not
> used consistently between software projects.
>
> Some use "pre" like:
>
> 	Prerelease: 2.7.95pre1  (prerelease of version 2.8, or perhaps 2.7.96)
> 	   Release: 2.8
>
> Others use "pre" like:
>
> 	Prerelease: 2.8pre1   (Prerelease of version 2.8)
> 	   Release: 2.8

These two are obviously not a problem.

> It's possible that one project does it like above, and another
> does it like:
>
> 	   Release: 2.8
> 	Prerelease: 2.8pre1   (Prerelease of version 2.9)

Could you give me an example of this? (Imho this scheme is
braindamaged...) I've never seen any projects with this versioning.

Anyway, 2.8 < 2.8pre1 is true, so these are ordered correctly.
Though if a version "2.8q" was released (as a bug-fix release for the
stable 2.8 branch) 2.8q and 2.8pre1 would be ordered incorrently, but this
is really a problem with the author, not the algorithm.


Introducing '~' would solve problems, and the only con I see is backward
compatibility. Hope it can worked out :)


-- 
pozsy




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