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Bug#883133: Bug#883134: general: Add new package header Upstream-Version:

On Sat, Dec 02, 2017 at 09:28:21PM +0500, Andrey Rahmatullin wrote:
On Sat, Dec 02, 2017 at 11:18:53AM +0000, Ian Campbell wrote:
On Sat, 2017-12-02 at 06:06 +0200, Victor Porton wrote:
> For this I need the upstream versions of "python2.7" and "xsltproc".

The upstream version of a Debian package can be deterministically
extracted from the package version, see https://www.debian.org/doc/debi
an-policy/#s-f-version for the format.
Unless it's 4:2.0+really1.1.

Yeah. The language about avoiding epochs has (IMO) led to some crazy suboptimal versioning as an alternative, to the point that it's not generally possible to assume that the real upstream version number can be extracted from the debian version.

Mike Stone