[sword-devel] Version stamp format
mg.pub at gmx.net
Fri Oct 19 09:08:47 MST 2007
It is interesting to note that Sword contains code for handling and comparing
version numbers (swversion.cpp). This code allows for version numbers with
three levels of minor numbers, e.g. 188.8.131.52.
Am Freitag, 19. Oktober 2007 schrieb Chris Little:
> 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 has been withdrawn for some reason.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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