[Distutils] Version numbers for module distributions

Andrew M. Kuchling akuchlin@cnri.reston.va.us
Thu, 10 Dec 1998 11:29:43 -0500 (EST)

Greg Ward writes:
>Now, there should also be semi-formal guidelines on what the different
>components of a version number *for modules* might mean:

	Disagreement; I'd vote for mechanism, not policy.  For
example, recently I went through 3 pre-releases of xml-0.5; they could
have been called 0.5a{1,2,3}.  ILU's been at 2.0a{1-12}, and I have no
idea if the developers ever plan to go to beta.  Different developers
use version numbers differently, in ways that are consistent in the
large but inconsistent in small details.  

	A side note: for the XML package, I think things are getting
to the point that I want to create a fake build tree (the blib/ idea)
in order to allow running the test suite without having to actually
perform the installation.  So, is there any implementation work that
can be done?

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