[sugar] Activity versioning schema

C. Scott Ananian cscott at laptop.org
Mon Jul 14 19:04:35 EDT 2008

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 6:56 PM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langhoff at gmail.com> wrote:
> Version numbers are used to communicate API/ABI compat and degree/type
> of changes to users. Later in this thread Eben suggests what everyone
> else in the industry is using: major.minor - sounds good to me. Even
> better - and more prevalent in OSS - is major.minor.bugfix .

If we were to make the change, I'd suggest supporting dotted integer
sequences of arbitrary length.  1, 1.2, 1.2.3, and are all
reasonable version numbers.  These are *not* floating point numbers;
they sort based on integer comparison major component first, so 1.1 <
1.11.  Once we've gone that far, we might as well go all the way and
adopt the version number scheme fedora uses, with an epoch and
everything.  But this doesn't actually do anything to solve the
problem Eben first posed, which is why I'm objecting: it seems
needless complexity at the moment, to a format which was explicitly
designed to Keep Things Simple.

> In any case, this issue does not seem to deserve such a colourful
> thread. Maybe we can save our time and effort for other stuff? After

You think this is colorful?  Geesh.  I need to work harder on the other threads.

> all, if an activity writer wants to use Klingon characters for
> versioning, hey, let them go wild!

I am compelled to strongly object.  The updater needs to be able to
compare version numbers.  I refuse to implement Klingon numeral

All this stuff is trivial until you are the one who has to implement
the updater.

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