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Re: Bumping epoch and reusing package name "elisa"




Andrey Rahmatullin <wrar@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 10:53:04PM +0200, Aurélien COUDERC wrote:

>> FTP masters rejected the upload of the new elisa 0.2.1-1 as the package
>> has a lower version than the former Elisa project and they proposed
>> bumping the epoch and reusing the name.

> I don't find this reasonable to be honest.
> Unless it has some other reasons than just "lower version".

This causes a ton of headaches for the archive software.  IIRC, I believe
dak is rather unhappy about version numbers going backwards, and of course
apt is going to have no idea what to do for a system that already has the
previous package installed.  Consider also systems like
snapshot.debian.org and what they have to do to deal with this.

It's basically a whole bunch of pain that can be relatively easily avoided
and probably isn't worth chasing in every piece of software.  Version
numbers should be monotonically increasing, and I think it's reasonable
for a lot of software to bake in the assumption that's the case.

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Russ Allbery (rra@xxxxxxxxxx)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>