Re: [dev] surf release?

From: Aditya Goturu <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:53:36 +0530

Why do we need to "appear busy". If people want to use better
software, they will. We don't need to "appear busy"

On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 12:42 AM, Greg Reagle <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 1, 2015, at 02:36 PM, Eric Pruitt wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 01, 2015 at 02:18:01PM -0400, Greg Reagle wrote:
>> > I don't know git well, just the basics, but why don't you use a git
>> > commit id as the target for patching and packaging? As far as I
>> > understand, a tag is just a "friendly" name for a commit id anyway.
>> If $APPLICATION versions 4541b821941a65e9c220acec2ab7256d7b21d690 and up
>> support features X, Y and Z, can you tell me whether or not version
>> 02e09b181db9b55d93a43a943d49048a4aeb0364 also has those features?
> Based on only the git commit id, the answer is no, and traditional
> version numbers are generally easier to compare; I see your point. But
> with access to the git log, then the answer is yes. Also, each git
> commit has a time-stamp (AFAIK). So the timestamp might be a way to
> express the version number, for example 2015.
> ( in UTC), in a packaging system
> that expects a traditional version number. These could be compared like
> traditional version numbers.
>> This
>> become even more of a nuisance when you only have immediate access to a
>> compiled binary; I often build packages on one machine then distribute
>> only the binaries. Using hashes for versioning means you can't
>> $APPLICATION -V to easily figure out how old the binary is I'm using.
> I see your point. One way to resolve this problem is to have the -V
> option display the git commit id and timestamp.
> Just to clarify, I'm not saying that using the git commit id and/or
> timestamp is better than or as good as a traditional version number.
> What I'm saying is that, given an upstream that doesn't tag versions
> often enough for your liking, using the git commit id and/or timestamp
> seems like a workable solution.
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Aditya Goturu
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