[Bioperl-l] Bioperl versioning

Nathan Haigh n.haigh at sheffield.ac.uk
Tue Oct 24 12:21:56 UTC 2006

Sendu Bala wrote:
> Nathan Haigh wrote:
>> Sendu Bala wrote:
>>> That all sounds good to me, except I worry about potential confusion
>>> if people look manually at the things available in CPAN, see 1.60_02
>>> and think it is more recent than 1.60 and try to install it manually.
>> I not sure if this would be a problem. As far as I understand, CPAN
>> treats these packages with underscores in $VERSION as something
>> distinctly different to the others releases (i.e. developer releases).
>> If you look at such a page, it is clearly evident that it is a
>> developers release. For example, if you search on CPAN for the latest
>> version of the CPAN module is shows 1.8802. if you go to that page:
>> http://search.cpan.org/~andk/CPAN-1.8802/
>> There is also a link for the latest developer release, released 1 day
>> after 1.8802 with a version of 1.88_57 (which would convert to 1.8857).
> [snip]
>>> Since
>>> $VERSION = 1.52_10;
>>> is evaluated to 1.5210, by analogy if 1.60_02 was RC2 before
>>> release, final release version should be
>>> $VERSION = 1.6010.
>> Because they are dealt with separately, I don't think this is an issue
>> (see above).
> If you don't notice the dates, or are doing numerical version number
> comparisons, 1.6002 (an RC) is greater than 1.60 (the release). It may
> not be automatic, but you can still chose to download the developer
> releases. Which means if we say to someone 'use Bioperl 1.6 or better'
> they may choose to get the latest version and think it is 1.6002 when
> infact 1.60 was the more recent version. 1.6010 solves the problem, is
> consistent with your 1.50_10 suggestion, and doesn't cause any
> problems as far as I can see.

I see - you mean for a non-RC release append 10 to the version number
and if it's a developer release i.e. 1.5, 1.7 series, you append _10 to
the version.

> How did you get Bundle::BioPerl updated? Did you just ask Chris
> Dagdigian to do it for you? Or do you have access to his account? I'll
> ask Ewan about it.
I just asked Chris D. to do it for me :o)


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