[Fedora-packaging] Re: Using of date in snapshot versions

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
Fri Apr 13 17:20:42 UTC 2007


On Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 09:59:54PM +0200, Till Maas wrote:
> | If a snapshot package is considered a "pre-release package", you should
> | follow the guidelines listed in Pre-Release Packages, and use an %{alphatag}
> | in the following format:  
> Maybe this is useful for cvs, because there is no better way to describe a 
> snapshot. But e.g. with svn, which uses a global revision number, it is 
> possible to use a unique id for the snapshot, where it is not uncertain which 
> changes are included.

Well, you are correct, just keep two things in mind:

a) the guideline above is a "should" guideline, which means no
   enforcement. So any sensible scheme is OK with the guidelines.

b) The idea is to avoid packaging snapshots. Of course there are
   projects that never release and still have a very good codebase
   that is worth packaging. But instead of putting energy into how to
   deal with unreleased software, maybe it's better to invest in
   persuading or helping the upstream project to stamp off a release.

FWIW if you're going to package svn sheckout the more or less
canonical "snapshot" tag is r<snvrevison>, e.g. prepend a lower "r" in
front of the revision.
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
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