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Re: Pretest and branch on Friday June 19

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: Re: Pretest and branch on Friday June 19
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 16:50:16 -0400
User-agent: Gnus (www.gnus.org), GNU Emacs (www.gnu.org/software/emacs/)

Chong Yidong wrote:

> I'm not certain what version number to assign the trunk after branching.
> I'm inclined to use 23.1.50, which assumes we'll use the trunk for
> developing 23.2.

I think it depends on what Emacs version numbers are supposed to mean.

If a bump in the major version means "major new feature(s)" (eg
unicode, multi-tty), then yes, do what you said.

Personally, I like the convention Emacs 22 fell into:
Going from 22.1 to 22.2, only bug fixes or entirely self-contained new
features (eg a brand new package "foo-mode.el") were allowed. This
meant 22.2 could never be worse than 22.1 in any aspect.

I'd like the same thing to happen again for the 23 series.
I don't see it as a problem if there is only ever a 23.2, with very
few (bug-fix or entirely new packages) changes over 23.1, and if 24.1
comes along relatively quickly with no "huge" changes. Version numbers
are cheap.

If the trunk is used for 23.2, then I feel like I'd have to hold off
making non-bugfix changes to any existing feature, in case of
inadvertent breakage. The feature freeze is already almost a year old,
and it's rather disheartening not to be able to do development.

So I think I'd prefer "24.0.50".

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