[Rpm-ecosystem] Special meaning of "+" (?) separator

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Mon Sep 12 14:18:14 UTC 2016

On 09/12/2016 03:10 PM, Neal Gompa wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 8:07 AM, Florian Festi <ffesti at redhat.com> wrote:
>> Changing the way + is treated in version compare is really a bad idea.
>> So this feature would need a new char that is currently not permitted in
>> versions. Candidates include: #, ^, @, §, $, ?
> Why is changing '+' in version comparison a bad idea? It currently
> exists as a separator that does nothing, and every usage of it I've
> seen even in RPM-based distros makes the assumption that it works the
> way the proposed changes will actually make it function.
> If anything, this would align how the operator is used in practice,
> which is always a good thing, in my book.

I'm on Florians side here.

Changing longstanding existing semantics is always risky business, you 
dont know what might break in somebodys environment. Neither do I. 
There's no point taking a risk of breakage when its not needed.

	- Panu -

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