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Month: March 2013

Name of distribution in the version number of Debian and Ubuntu packages

From: Slávek Banko <slavek.banko@...>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 03:18:56 +0200

I noticed two problems with the name of distribution and its location in 
the version number of packages.

1) We can soon expect: Names of distributions are not ascending. After 
Wheezy will follow Jessie => packages with ~jessie in the name will be 
considered older than ~wheezy (and also ~squeeze).

2) It is a real problem already now: Before the name of the distribution 
is in the version of package 'packaging-release' number by tde-packaging. 
After split folder for new distribution this number is *always lower* 
than the previous distribution. This now makes it impossible to do 
dist-upgrade for many distributions.

My suggestions are:
1) Use the version number of the distribution instead of the name.
2) Move the distribution version number before other numbers.

For example, from:

Change version to:

And in the future (to allow switch format from native to quilt):

Note: I noticed that the same use version number of distribution can be found 
even in the standard ubuntu packages - such as firefox.