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Re: version and release number

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: version and release number
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 15:01:14 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 16 Apr 2009, Lorenzo Bettini wrote:

so would you suggest to use only version info and no release info, am I right? I was only concerned about the fact that the release number of the library is not visible anywhere and that it would force the use to specify a name together with the number...

There are a few reasons for using release info. Some projects don't care about binary compatibility or updates to libraries so they could use release info to differentiate between releases. Other projects maintain parallel branches of the software (e.g. older and newer) and want an easy way to allow the multiple branches to be distributed without fear that they will collide with other branch's version info and end up producing shared libraries with the same names.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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