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31 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">54</td>
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33 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">scm package version suffix</td>
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35 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Version:</th><td class="field-body">1.4</td>
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37 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Last-Modified:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0054.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2007/12/17 18:42:33</a></td>
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39 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Piotr JaroszyƄski &lt;peper&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;</td>
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47 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">09-Dec-2007</td>
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55 <p class="topic-title first"><a id="contents" name="contents">Contents</a></p>
56 <ul class="simple">
57 <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li>
58 <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id3" name="id3">Motivation</a></li>
59 <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id4" name="id4">Specification</a></li>
60 <li><a class="reference" href="#version-comparison" id="id5" name="id5">Version Comparison</a></li>
61 <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id6" name="id6">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
62 <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id7" name="id7">Copyright</a></li>
63 </ul>
64 </div>
65 <div class="section">
66 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" id="abstract" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
67 <p>This GLEP proposes addition of a new special package version suffix - <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt> -
68 for ebuilds checking out source directly from a source code management system.</p>
69 </div>
70 <div class="section">
71 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" id="motivation" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
72 <p>Currently there is no standard way of marking SCM ebuilds. Using 9999 as the
73 version is pretty common, but it is handled like any other ebuild and hence
74 portage cannot provide any additional features for packages with such a version.
75 Another way is adding separate package with -cvs suffix in its name, but that
76 forces to use <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">||</span> <span class="pre">(</span> <span class="pre">cat/pkg</span> <span class="pre">cat/pkg-cvs</span> <span class="pre">)</span></tt> dependencies. The closest to what
77 is proposed in this GLEP is the <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cvs</span></tt> version part, but its implementation is
78 of very limited use. It has strange comparison rules, no documentation, has
79 never been used in the tree and has a misleading name.</p>
80 <p>The possibility for package managers to recognise SCM ebuilds would allow them
81 to add features dedicated specially to said ebuilds. One such feature could be
82 automatic re-installation of SCM packages once a day or week, but that's beyond
83 this GLEP.</p>
84 </div>
85 <div class="section">
86 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" id="specification" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
87 <p><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt> is a special suffix. It can be used on its own, but also in any other
88 valid version spec, just before the place where revision would go. And just like
89 revision it can be used only once in a version spec, e.g.:</p>
90 <blockquote>
91 <ul class="simple">
92 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1.0_alpha0-scm</span></tt></li>
93 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1.0_alpha-scm</span></tt></li>
94 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1.0-scm-r3</span></tt></li>
95 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1-scm</span></tt></li>
96 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1-scm-r2</span></tt></li>
97 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-scm</span></tt></li>
98 </ul>
99 </blockquote>
100 <p>These package atoms are sorted in ascending order (see <a class="reference" href="#version-comparison">Version Comparison</a>).</p>
101 </div>
102 <div class="section">
103 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" id="version-comparison" name="version-comparison">Version Comparison</a></h1>
104 <p>The addition of the scm suffix yields changes in version comparison:</p>
105 <blockquote>
106 <ul class="simple">
107 <li>When comparing version components from left to right the scm component has the
108 highest priority.</li>
109 <li>Current suffixes with no number part no longer default to zero if they are
110 followed by an scm suffix. If that's the case the number part is considered
111 to be of a maximum value. Hence <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1_alpha2-scm</span> <span class="pre">&lt;</span> <span class="pre">1_alpha-scm</span></tt>, but still
112 <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1_alpha</span> <span class="pre">==</span> <span class="pre">1_alpha0</span></tt>.</li>
113 </ul>
114 </blockquote>
115 <p>Example parsing:</p>
116 <blockquote>
117 <ul>
118 <li><dl class="first docutils">
119 <dt><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-scm</span> <span class="pre">&gt;</span> <span class="pre">cat/pkg-1</span></tt></dt>
120 <dd><p class="first last">When parsing from left to right the first difference is <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt> and
121 <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1</span></tt>. <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-scm</span></tt> wins.</p>
122 </dd>
123 </dl>
124 </li>
125 <li><dl class="first docutils">
126 <dt><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1-scm</span> <span class="pre">&gt;</span> <span class="pre">cat/pkg-1.0-scm</span></tt></dt>
127 <dd><p class="first last">When parsing from left to right the first difference is <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt> and
128 <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">0</span></tt>. <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1-scm</span></tt> wins.</p>
129 </dd>
130 </dl>
131 </li>
132 <li><dl class="first docutils">
133 <dt><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">cat/pkg-1_alpha-scm</span> <span class="pre">&gt;</span> <span class="pre">cat/pkg-1_alpha1-scm</span></tt></dt>
134 <dd><p class="first last">In the first package version <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">alpha</span></tt> doesn't have a number part <em>and</em>
135 is followed by an <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt> suffix, hence it is considered to have a maximum
136 value as the number part. When parsing from left to right the first
137 difference is the number part of the <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">alpha</span></tt> suffix. Maximum value
138 yielded by the following <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt> suffix wins with <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1</span></tt>.</p>
139 </dd>
140 </dl>
141 </li>
142 </ul>
143 </blockquote>
144 <p>List of version specs in ascending order:</p>
145 <blockquote>
146 <ul class="simple">
147 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1</span></tt></li>
148 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.1-scm</span></tt></li>
149 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_alpha-scm</span></tt></li>
150 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta_p</span></tt></li>
151 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta_p0-scm</span></tt></li>
152 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta_p1-scm</span></tt></li>
153 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta_p-scm</span></tt></li>
154 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta1_p-scm</span></tt></li>
155 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta10</span></tt></li>
156 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta10_p1-scm</span></tt></li>
157 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta10-scm</span></tt></li>
158 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2_beta-scm</span></tt></li>
159 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2</span></tt></li>
160 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2-scm</span></tt></li>
161 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1.2-scm-r1</span></tt></li>
162 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">1-scm</span></tt></li>
163 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">10</span></tt></li>
164 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt></li>
165 <li><tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm-r3</span></tt></li>
166 </ul>
167 </blockquote>
168 </div>
169 <div class="section">
170 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" id="backwards-compatibility" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
171 <p>Portage versions prior to 2.1.2.12 (included in 2007.0) don't handle arbitrary
172 version suffixes and die during various tasks making portage hard or impossible
173 to use. Later versions just ignore them displaying warnings. Hence use of
174 <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">scm</span></tt> suffixes in gentoo-x86 tree will probably have to wait till 2008.0
175 release or later.</p>
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178 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" id="copyright" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
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