vercmp behavior changed on "1.5b versus 1.5" compare
On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 10:53:16AM -0500, Dan McGee <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Either way, I'm not convinced there is a right answer to what is
> greater and lesser, but it does warrent looking into as the behavior
> changed. I did see some comments in the new code alluding to some
> upstream changes that may have been related to version numbers similar
> to this.
here is what upstream usually does:
1.0pre1 < 1.0rc1 < 1.0 < 1.0a
if the package manager doesn't know anything about what 'a', 'pre' or
'rc' means, you can't handle all the situations.
pacman (before the recent change, i haven't bisected it) handled pre/rc
properly and package maintainers had to do hacks for 1.0a-like releases
if we want to improve this, then probably the way to go is something
like what gentoo does:
they have regex like (alpha|beta|rc|pre|p)(d*)$ and handle the
situation in such cases.
of course if you add such a complexity then you can say 1.0a is greater
than 1.0, and handle the prereleases manually.
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