[tex-live] Re: Re: Re: Aleph versioning
olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Fri Sep 3 16:01:04 CEST 2004
Karl Berry writes:
>> You do NOT want "release candidate" numbers like 'rc3' in
>> \Alephrevision. A release candidate had better pretend in all but its
>> banner to the release.
> Why do you say this? It seems to me that the whole point of a version
> number is to uniquely identify the release.
IMHO a "release candidate" specifically should have the behaviour of
the final product, with the exception of some printed banners.
> If you fake the version number to say it's version 2 when it's really
> 1.9rc2 (or whatever), then anyone who wants to distinguish has to
> find some method other than the version number to do so, obviating the
> whole point of having version numbers in the first place.
But a release candidate for version two of an interpreter should, for
the purpose of (say) scripts that run on this interpreter, claim to
_be_ version two. Otherwise the scripts are misled, or worse, the
scripts have to be made aware of the (typically non-standard and
non-numerical) version identification scheme used for "release
> (Personally, I don't believe in "release candidates" anyway, but never mind.)
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