Two issues with the new versioning ideas:
- The version number would be set in configure.in as in VERSION='1.2.3'
- So, we have to change and autoconf that periodically, instead of just
having a simple 'version.h' file that we vi?
It doesn't sound to me like something that *belongs* in configure.in, as
it is not required for any tests that configure requires ...
What about having a single file (e.g., VERSION) somewhere that
contains the relevant information (e.g., it only contains 1.2.3). Any
Makefiles that need it could cat the value into a make variable and
use it; any C files that need it could include it as appropriate.
Alternatively, though probably not so cleanly in some ways, configure
itself could use the value to define a variable that would be
propagated as needed (probably only Makefile.global and config.h).
Right now I think we should set it to '7.1devel', later to '7.1b1',
etc. It's really quite wrong to label it '7.1' already now.
I suggest a numbering sequence that is strictly orderable. This is
really useful for the versioning of the NetBSD code, because the
location of each version within a largaer sequence is immediately
obvious. The sequence goes something like:
trunk -+--> 1.4A ---> 1.4B ---> 1.4C ---> ... -+--> 1.5A ---> 1.5B ---> ...
releases +--> 1.4Alpha ---> 1.4Beta ---> 1.4 +--> 1.5Alpha ---> 1.5Beta ---> 1.5
+--> ... ---> 1.4.1 ---> ...
This may not exactly correspond to the NetBSD scheme, but the general
points should be clear: the main trunk versions are incremented in a
nicely sortable order whenever major interfaces change (corresponding
presumably to our need for initdb), and the branches have a similar
clear ordering. This seems preferable to using versions like 7.1devel
or 7.1b1 which are less formalized and less sortable.
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