On 2 Feb 2018, at 16:07, Sébastien Villemot <sebast...@debian.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 04:23:37PM +0100, Christophe Trophime wrote:
>> Hi, 
>> I would like to update a package feelpp from its latest release 0.103.2 to a 
>> more recent development version. 
>> I've tried to define the newest version as: 0.103.3+gitREVNUMBER with 
>> REVNUMBER the id of the git commit 
>> The trouble is that when trying to update locally my package which are 
>> stored in a local repo 
>> apt still wants to install 0.103.2 version instead of the newest 
>> 0.103.3+gitREVNUMBER 
>> What do I miss to get the dev version to be installed? 
> Since 0.103.3+gitREVNUMBER > 0.103.2 (can be easily checked with "dpkg 
> --compare-versions"),
> the problem does not come from versioning, but more likely from apt pinning.

Whilst that version number does compare fine, it's likely to be problematic for
any future development versions, since 0.103.3+git0123456 sorts before
0.103.3+gitfedcba9, even though 0123456 may be a newer commit. To avoid this,
it's common to include the date of the commit in the version number, often as

Also, is this really 0.103.3+, i.e., is this a development release *after*
0.103.3? If so, why not upload 0.103.3? If not, you want ~ not + (or use
0.103.2+), as 0.103.3~foo < 0.103.3 < 0.103.3+foo.


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