Packages with unusual (wrong?) tarball names (db, xemacs)

Max Bowsher
Tue Sep 27 14:15:00 GMT 2005

The (adhoc?) standard for package file names, which for the most part is 
followed, is:

NAME-VERSION-RELEASE.tar.bz2       <-- for binary packages
NAME-VERSION-RELEASE-src.tar.bz2    <-- for source packages

VERSION and RELEASE should not contain '-' characters.
NAME is allowed to contain '-' characters, but NAME should not contain a '-' 
character immediately followed by a digit, because this would look too much 
like the start of VERSION.

There are a few packages in the distribution which do not follow these 

!!! ./db/db2 db-2.7.7-4-src.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db2 db-2.7.7-4.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db3.1 db-3.1.17-2-src.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db3.1 db-3.1.17-2.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db4.1 db-4.1.25-1-src.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db4.1 db-4.1.25-1.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db4.2 db-4.2.52-1-src.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db4.2 db-4.2.52-1.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db4.3 db-4.3.28-1-src.tar.bz2
!!! ./db/db4.3 db-4.3.28-1.tar.bz2

^^^ These packages do not reflect their package name in their file name.

!!! ./xemacs/xemacs-mule-sumo xemacs-mule-sumo-2005-05-05-1-src.tar.bz2
!!! ./xemacs/xemacs-mule-sumo xemacs-mule-sumo-2005-05-05-1.tar.bz2
!!! ./xemacs/xemacs-sumo xemacs-sumo-2005-05-05-1-src.tar.bz2
!!! ./xemacs/xemacs-sumo xemacs-sumo-2005-05-05-1.tar.bz2

^^^ These packages' version fields contain illegal '-' characters.

I'm not aware of any serious problems being created by these discrepancies, 
but they are odd.

The db packages are unlikely to need any future update, so those might need 
to stay as they are, but the xemacs packages could be fixed next time they 
are updated.


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