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  • At least, not that I know of.

    The simple reason is the algorithm that the FreeBSD Ports system uses to compare version numbers ( pkg_version(1) []). It can handle stuff like 0.01 < 0.02 and 0.99 < 1.01, but when an author, instead of incrementing the version number, just sticks another digit on the end, the version number comparison gets into trouble. Or more exactly, the trouble arises when that digit is removed. So 1.86 < 1.861, but 1.861 > 1.87! Not good.

    In order to alleviate this problem, the p
    • Thanks, that's nice and clear. I know FreeBSD isn't messing with the code for modules I maintain, unlike some OTHER distributions I could name. They probably have made me grumpier than I need to be.

      My code is always X.YYY, except for Bundle modules, which are always of a different fixed digit format. This should be true of most PEP things, especially once it's standardized.

      Feel free to keep doing what you're doing, of course. I'm just letting you know that I am not one of those lunatics who goes from 1.9 to 1.10 to 1.90.