[torquedev] Re: what happened to 2.4.0?

Garrick Staples garrick at usc.edu
Mon Mar 30 14:01:31 MDT 2009

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 03:08:15PM -0400, Glen Beane alleged:
> I think 2.4.0 is the "target release".  When the 2.4 is officially
> released, I think it should be 2.4.0.  Although Garrick may disagree,
> I think it is fine to have version numbers like 2.4.0b1 for a beta
> release. An official release should be versioned as
> major.minor.bug_fix, all integers.

My problem is that the version strings can't be automatically parsed any more.
There is no way for package managers to know relative ages of things like:
2.4.0b1 < 2.4.0 < 2.4.0p1 < 2.4.0r1, etc.  Is "p1" prerelease1 or patch1?
Anyone not privy to the details can't know. 

Things like 'rpm' get horribly confused when version strings can't be parsed

Garrick Staples, GNU/Linux HPCC SysAdmin
University of Southern California

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