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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Arbitrary version names

From: Jan Hudec
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Arbitrary version names
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 14:39:43 +0200
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On Tue, Aug 17, 2004 at 12:10:53 +0000, Esben Mose Hansen wrote:
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> On Tuesday 17 August 2004 10:53, Robin Green wrote:
> > No. Arbitrary version strings are not allowed because the purpose of
> > arch versions is that they should have a well-defined total order
> > for sorting. It is impossible to sort arbitrary version strings
> > correctly.
> Gentoo's portage does a pretty nice job in this regard. Maybe worth a look? 
> If 

I'd bet it uses the same as debian does. Now, that's a HORROR. It's
not easy to see what it will do and there are a lot cases where it does
not do the right thing anyway---simply because different packages have
*conflicting* version naming. Eg:

One project has: 2.6a > 2.6
Another has: 2.6rc1 < 2.6
How do you create a consistent algorithm to handle this?

> I remember correctly, I wasn't all that much code. And it is a nuisance when

No, it's not much code. But the code does a non-obvious thing.

> tracking other projects which are not under such restrictions, such as KDE 
> (currently 3.3rc2).



                                                 Jan 'Bulb' Hudec 

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