[sword-devel] Version stamp format

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Thu Oct 18 17:35:06 MST 2007

The format "[1-9].[0-9]" is arbitrary, but so would be 
"[0-9]+.[0-9]+.[0-9]+[a-z]?" The page describing the format of .conf 
files has existed for years prior to your or bible.org's use of a 
2-point format and I can see no compelling reason to adjust the spec.


Karl Kleinpaste wrote:
> I understand (now) that spec restricts the version stamp that way, but I
> have yet to see any reasoning *why*.  Is there code which performs
> arithmetic on them?  In GS, it's treated just as a string, like any
> other key=value string in a *.conf; if our module manager finds
> differing values, without any consideration of a "greater than"
> semantic, we put up a refresh icon, as visual advice to the user.
> As I think about this, imposing a "string greater than" semantic in GS
> would be easy, using strcmp() for more than just a != test.  And I
> already see where that would benefit users (i.e. me) where there are
> modules made available in more than 1 repo, or where an updated module
> has been withdrawn for some reason.
> I had never previously thought to check for any limitation on version
> stamp format.  I faintly remember noticing around the time that I first
> created the GS manual module that bible.org's module version stamps were
> 2-point, and of course Sword itself and all the UIs have version stamps
> which are 2-point.  The version name restriction seems arbitrary unless
> there is arithmetic being performed.  (And if there is indeed a problem
> with this, then someone really does need to have a chat with bible.org.)
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