[[PATCH setup] 0/3] Prepare for colons in version numbers

Jon Turney jon.turney@dronecode.org.uk
Mon Oct 30 15:58:00 GMT 2017

On 27/10/2017 20:26, Achim Gratz wrote:
> Ken Brown writes:
>> A future version of setup might allow version numbers of the form
>> e:v-r, where is an epoch.  Currently setup doesn't parse these
>> correctly when reading installed.db.  In case ScanFindVisitor is used,
>> there is an additional problem in reading filenames containing colons.
>> The reading is done by Win32 functions, and the illegal characters
>> like ':' aren't translated.
> I don't really think it's worth anybody's while to introduce support for
> a feature (epochs) that everone else decided should not be used. 

"everyone" != "everyone, ignoring people who disagree with me"

If you think epochs are a bad idea, you need to give reasons, not just 
pretend there is no debate.

I agree it does not work well for CPAN-style floating point version 
numbers, but that's your problem to solve, or not, however you like...

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