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Re: Perl package version numbers
On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 08:37:18AM +0200, Dieter Baron wrote:
> : -p5-DateTime-TimeZone-0.6904
> : +p5-DateTime-TimeZone-0.77
> : Is that "new" version number smaller or larger than the old
> : version number, according to our version numbering scheme?
> The new version is smaller, and should be padded: 0.7700
> : ...which brings up another question, where exactly is our version
> : numbering scheme defined?
> : For instance, the man page for p5-pkgsrc-Dewey does not contain
> : neither a definition nor examples, and the pkgsrc manual gives no
> : useful hits when the index is searched for "dewey" or "version".
> pkg_info gives a description in the PACKAGE WILDCARDS section,
> although it omits to explain that version numbers are compared
> numreically, component by component, with `.' being the component
> Admittedly, that is not the best place. Any suggestions where we
> could put this so it's easier to find?
The conclusion I came to after the last round of flamewars on the
subject was that there ought to be a whole section in the guide about
version numbering, because there are a number of issues for which
explicit guidance should be given. I haven't written it yet though :(
David A. Holland
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