Re: [Rd] Version names

From: Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard_at_biostat.ku.dk>
Date: Mon 29 Nov 2004 - 09:13:04 EST

Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck@myway.com> writes:

> : > rw2010a - alpha, i.e. development version (previously rw2010dev)
> : > rw2010b - beta version (previously rw2001beta)
> : > rw2010f - final version (previously rw2010)
> : > rw2010p - patched version (previously rw2010pat)
> :
> : That would work. Use the rename command, and you've got it.
> :
>
> Renaming is not really workable if you are giving your scripts to others.
> They won't want build scripts that rename their folders.
......
> Its really desirable to keep Windows batch scripts as simple as
> possible and such a transformation is trickier than you might
> think in the Windows batch language.
>
> I was hoping that the R team would consider a simplifying
> change to make it easier to create build scripts. The least such
> change that I can think of is to use alpha as a suffix in place of dev
> and to use final to suffix unsuffixed versions. That would be enough to
> allow them to sort in ascending order.
>
> This involves no coding at all for the R team. Just a decision
> to regularize the naming.

In a word, no, we won't do that. I'd certainly veto it if it came to that.

It is a bad idea to have scripts depending on sort order (and R core has learned the hard way that sort order depends on locale), and it is an even worse idea to modify development concepts to fit a specificic alphabetical order. Case in point: A development version is _not_ the same as an alpha version!

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