[Fedora-packaging] Version name for prerelease when upstream used date based versions

Orcan Ogetbil oget.fedora at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 20:42:33 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> I am looking a the suggested version name for a prerelease when upstream
> uses dates for their versions.
> I am close to having a package (colossus) ready, but one sticking point is
> that upstream is probably a week or two away from putting up a new public
> build (essentially a snapshot they want to recommend to general users). The
> code has changed a lot since their last public release, so that a snapshot
> now is really much more of a prerelease package than a post release. Some
> things have changed from the last public build to make it more suitable
> for packaging in Fedora, so packaging that version isn't very practical.
> Upstream is considering changing to more normal version names, but probably
> won't make such a change before the next public build.
> I could hold off on putting the package into rawhide until after they
> make the next public build making the issue moot. (I wasn't going to put
> the package into a released version of Fedora until then in any case.)
> I could also use a current date for the version of the package, but that
> won't correspond to any actual release made by the upstream. I could also
> use the date of the last public build even though the code has diverged
> since then. (I am not sure if the interface has changed much since then
> since for my own use I have been running current svn check outs for over
> a year and don't use the public build versions.)

I would use
Version: 0
Release: 0.1.20090709%{?dist}

and if there's an update next week
Version: 0
Release: 0.2.20090716%{?dist}

or something close.


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