[Distutils] SOLVED: bdist_rpm and pre-release python packages / eggs (was: pre-release versioning problems with sdist, bdist_rpm, bdist_debian)

Gerry Reno greno at verizon.net
Fri Mar 13 04:51:15 CET 2009

  In RPM the only restriction on 'version' is that it must be made of 
alphanumeric or period.  Ref: 
  Just for a small test I ran a perfectly legal version pattern, that is 
allowable in distros other than Fedora, through your patch logic. 

version = A2
release = 0_rc1
version-release = A2-0_rc1       # this is what we expected to see
version-release = -0.0_rc1.A2   # this is what we get instead as strings 
are modified by patch logic

  This is why I suggest that you make an extension module triggered by a 
commandline option so there are no restrictions or unexpected 
side-effects introduced to non-Fedora distro users.
  Right now, I'm a big -1 on the patch.    If it would be made as an 
extension triggered by commandline option then I would support it.


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