[Distutils] PEP 386 status - last round here ?

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Wed Nov 25 21:09:51 CET 2009

ssteinerX at gmail.com wrote:
> While I like the use of "rc" for release candidate, doesn't this lead to some ambiguity where a,b,c are seen as interim releases with "rc" sorting after all of these?
> I don't have an objection to [a-q] OR 'rc' if we're reserving "rc" for release candidate and only "rc" for that purpose.
> Otherwise, the sorting becomes ambiguous so if "c" means candidate then "rc" can't also or we don't know, for sure, that blah-rc comes AFTER blah-c; it's ambiguous.

The meaning of the version modifiers is not really relevant here.
distutils just needs to be able to compare them and not make
mistakes in those comparisons.

Also note that distutils won't be comparing apples and oranges,
only the version numbers of a single package.

Given that package authors typically don't change their versioning
scheme within a single release cycle, there's nothing much to
worry about, IMO.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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