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Re: Per-distro versioning and dependency specification

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Jun 06, 2012 at 06:46 UTC ( #974655=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Per-distro versioning and dependency specification

Congratulations on the stupidest least-well justified, most ill-thought-through recommendation I've seen in a very long time.

By reductio ad absurdum: Ubunto (substitute your favorite here) is a "distribution". It contains many "packages" -- over 1200 device drivers before you even start on the other components. If it incremented a single version 'number' every time any of those hundreds of subcomponents changed, it would seriously need to consider using 64-bit integers for each of the major(midor)minor components of the version 'number', lest it ran out of space.

Too big for this advise? How about GCC. If it incremented its version number every time one of it hundreds (thousands?) of subcomponents changed, its version numbers would read like a telephone numbers.

Still too big a project? At what point does this suggestion cease to be viable?


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Comment on Re: Per-distro versioning and dependency specification
Re^2: Per-distro versioning and dependency specification
by creamygoodness (Curate) on Jun 06, 2012 at 12:26 UTC

    I would draw the line around any group of files which can only be installed together. That was what the phrase "atomic unit of installation" was intended to convey.

    Ubuntu and GCC don't really fit into that context, as they are aggregations of smaller packages. Most CPAN tarballs would qualify, though, since perl Makefile.PL; make install is generally all or nothing.

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