[Python-Dev] version compare function into main lib

Mart Sõmermaa mrts.pydev at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 16:28:25 CET 2009

See http://wiki.python.org/moin/ApplicationInfrastructure , "Version
handling" below for a possible strict version API.

The page is relevant for the general packaging discussion as well, although
it's not fully fleshed out yet.


On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 5:11 PM, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de>wrote:

> Correct me if I wrong, but shouldn't Python include function for
>> version comparisons?
> On the packaging summit yesterday, people agreed that yes, we should
> have something like that in the standard library, and it should be more
> powerful than what distutils currently offers.
> There was no conclusion of how specifically that functionality should
> be offered; several people agreed that Python should mandate a standard
> format, which it is then able to compare. So you might not be able to
> spell it "10.3.40-beta", but perhaps "10.3.40b1" or "10.3.40~beta".
> Regards,
> Martin
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