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Re: --version for CVS Bison

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: --version for CVS Bison
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 23:29:15 -0700
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"Joel E. Denny" <address@hidden> writes:

> Oh ok, but that should be fine, right?  The `+' tells you that the version 
> is somewhere between releases... which is more information than we get now 
> from the tarball name.

That's OK, but if the version number reported by the tarball name,
documentation, etc., has only a trailing "+", then it would be odd for
"bison --version" to output something extra, over and above that same
trailing "+".

All other things being equal, it's better for --version output to be
consistent with the rest of the program.  Otherwise we'd have to
document the inconsistency, and explain why it's inconsistent, and I
suspect that whatever explanation we come up with (which I don't fully
understand myself yet) would cause more trouble than it'd cure.

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