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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #55829] prosposal: marking dev versions in DES

From: Mike Miller
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #55829] prosposal: marking dev versions in DESCRIPTION
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2019 15:58:41 -0500 (EST)
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Update of bug #55829 (project octave):

                Category:    Octave Forge Package => Octave website         


Follow-up Comment #1:

Sounds fine to me, seems supported by the comments and works with the existing
implementation. Implied by your notes, this should be phrased as a suggestion
to package maintainers, maybe along with a set of working examples
demonstrating different options?

Tagging as web site, because there's nothing much to change in any particular
package or in Octave itself, right?

Alternatively, I very much prefer the semantics of the tilde character
supported in both deb and rpm packages and would be happy to see Octave
support that as well. That is, any suffix starting with "~" sorts less than
the empty string. Using this special rule, a version "0.4.3~foo" would be
strictly less than "0.4.3". This would give you the ability to have versions
like "0.4.3~dev", "0.4.3~rc", or "0.4.3~1234".

I could propose that on the maintainers list or a separate bug report. There
is a small risk of breaking an existing version beacuse "~" is already one of
the allowed characters with no special semantics (it currently sorts after
"_", "-", and "+"). But no Octave Forge packages currently use "~" at all.


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