On 11-04-21 at 01:34pm, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
> On 2011-04-21 12:56, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > On 11-04-21 at 11:10am, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
> >> looking through potential problems of packages in my area of 
> >> interest, i stumbled across pd-cyclone, which seems to have an 
> >> incorrect debian/watch file: debian package is "0.1~alpha55-2" 
> >> while uscan finds the upstream "0.1-alpha53-src" to be more 
> >> recent..
> >>
> >> i added a versionmangler to get rid of the trailing "-src" part, 
> >> but the real problem is of course the "-alpha".
> >>
> >> personally i would suggest to replace "-alpha" by "." (or 
> >> ".alpha"), using a versionmangle clause. i'm wondering though, why 
> >> the debian package version uses "~", which kind of clashes with the 
> >> upstream version scheme, esp. as it is not taken care of in 
> >> debian/watch.
> > 
> > I don't know who did this particular changelog, but what I often do 
> > is treat alpha and beta releases as lower than the actual version 
> > number, to leave room for the eventual(!) case of upstream deciding 
> > to not bump the version number when dropping the alpha/beta flag 
> > (a.k.a. doing the "final release").
> good point.
> however, in this specific case, there is no active upstream 
> development anymore, so it is unlikely that upstream will make a 
> release that breaks the version mangle (though of course, you never 
> know).
> what is currently released as "upstream", is a tgz put together by 
> hans.

Great that Hans is involved - but irrelevant for my point: When mangling 
versions for Debian, I generally avoid taking into account predictions 
of the future.  This includes knowledge of upstream author or potential 
future release manager or whatever.

I see no evidence from past releases that the version numbering scheme 
of that project cannot contain final releases with same digits as 
prereleases.  That's all.

 - Jonas

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