ANNOUNCE: Unstable release 4.26-4 released (harping)

Robin M. robin at PRIMUS.CA
Sun Jan 11 16:51:41 GMT 2004

On Sun, 11 Jan 2004, Julian Field wrote:
On Sun, 11 Jan 2004, Julian Field wrote:
> >Things like this are pretty normal: wget-1.8.2-4.72.i386.rpm
The portion of the wget version which specifies -4 is the rpmbuild release
number which has nothing to do with the software release number.

> >It also could have been wget-1.8-4.72.i386.rpm for the above example.

you are incorrect here again this would mean that the rpm packager has
released build 4.72 of the package which has again is not related to the
actual software being packaged.

> >Could it be duie to the spec file listed on the website that was not
> >was used anyway, that was causing confusion?

No it was that if I may say that Julian was using the "Release:" variable
slightly incorrectly. The Release variable as stated above is used for the
rpm packager and not the software maintainer.

> However, one advantage of the new a.b.c-r is that anyone else who wants
> package it (e.g. RedHat or Fortress Systems) can explicitly say exactly
> what version (a.b.c) they are re-packaging, and use the r for their own
> release numbers.

This is exactly the reason :)

> So it might actually be very helpful at some (unknown) point in the future.

Thanks again Julian for putting up with a discussion that seemed like
something so unimportant. I'll stop emailing the list now :)

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