[torquedev] Re: what happened to 2.4.0?

Bogdan Costescu Bogdan.Costescu at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de
Tue Mar 31 04:06:00 MDT 2009

> 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.

What exactly part of packaging do you refer to ? It's common practice 
to call a beta version


and the next beta


while the final release will be


The part that is not so easy though is the packager's who will have to 
know and/or code in the .spec that packagename-1.2.3b1.tar.gz produces 
packagename-1.2.3-0b1.i386.rpm. I seem to remember seeing some 
(semi-)automated way of achieving this, maybe in one of the RPMForge 
.spec files, but that was 2-3 years ago and memory is fuzzy.

Bogdan Costescu

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