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Re: [PATCH setup] Allow setup to parse more than 3 versions from the setup.ini file

On Jun  3 17:30, Jon TURNEY wrote:
> Reminded by a recent request as to how to install xorg-server-1.17.1-2, which
> has disappeared beyond setup's ken (in order to determine if there was a
> regression in the curent version), this is a re-send of a patch I originally
> submitted back in 2011 [1], which received an ambiguous response then.
> [1]
> This recognizes any "[foo]" line as introducing the information for another
> version, which doesn't have one of the trust levels [curr], [prev] or [test],
> and so isn't automatically selected when setup is told to install all packages
> at that trust level (by default, [curr]).
> Setup already does all the neccessary sorting in version order etc. to use these
> additional versions.
> Since the value of <foo> carries no meaning, it might make sense to update the
> setup.ini specification to mandate the use of specific strings like "[also]" or
> "[other]", or perhaps "[prev-1]", "[prev-2]", etc.
> I have written a corresponding patch to genini.
> I'm not sure what expiry policy is currently used by upset for old packages, but
> presumably that would need to be made more sophisticated, along with the changes
> needed to generate setup.ini entries for other versions.

Upset does not handle expiry of packages at all.  Versions are mentioned
in setup.hint as test, curr, prev, or exp (yes, really) and those are
handled, everything else throws an error message.  Package versions not
mentioned in setup.hint are simply ignored.

I'm not against adding some functionality along these lines (provided
you also fix upset), but I'm not so sure about the broad definition of
the version state pattern.  It feels as generating problems down the
road.  Think setup.hint.  Your patch would requite to recognize more or
less any string as version state:

  category: [...]
  requires: [...]
  sdesc: [...]
  ldesc: [...]
  prev: 1.2.3-1
  curr: 1.2.4-1
  test: 1.2.5-1
  blub: 1.2.6-1
  fwexf3efx24x: 1.2.7-1

Wouldn't it be better to extend the state space by defining stricter
patterns based on the existing ones like




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