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Re: Epochs in filenames



On Mon, 9 Aug 2004, Jos Vos wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 09, 2004 at 05:48:42PM +0200, Mariusz Mazur wrote:
> 
> > Was there a reason why epoch (which is the most important part of the whole 
> > version tag) was never included in rpm file names?
> 
> Because epoch was added later?
> Because this would look confusing?
> 
> The RPM header is leading, the filename is just a visual help for humans.
>
The only problem though is if you had a N where the VR was the same but 
the epoch was different, the filenames are the same.  That is epoch 0 
yields x-1-1 and epoch 1 yields x-1-1 when (N,V,R) are (x,1,1).
Its unfortunate, but like you said there is a lot of tools expecting to 
find names as N-V-R.A.rpm.  

Cheers...james  
> > And while I'm at it - can you think of any bad side-effects of using
> > epoch to differentate between major versions of a linux distro? I
> > can't stop thinking
> 
> It's just not meant for that and it would be an abuse of the epoch feature.
>
A much more succint answer than mine (-;
 
Cheers...james



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