[Centos] httpd trademark issue -- here it is!

Mon Dec 20 07:17:07 UTC 2004
Michael Jennings <mej at caosity.org>

On Saturday, 18 December 2004, at 06:26:26 (-0800),
Rick Graves wrote:

> Compare:
> httpd-2.0.46-44.ent.centos.1.i386.rpm
> httpd-2.0.46-44.ent.centos.2.i386.rpm 
> By "non-contiguous", I meant that the "1" and "2" digits are
> separated from the main version number, 2.0.46-44.

The version number is actually "2.0.46," and the release is
"44.ent.centos.1".  If your code isn't catching that, it's not doing
the comparison right.

I have some perl code and some C code that does pretty reliable
version comparisons, in some cases better than rpm does.  Let me know
if you're interested.  But the basic idea is to split the version and
release into numeric and non-numeric portions and compare each one in
turn.  It's not a straight string compare; if it were, 2.0.46 would
seem to be a higher version than 2.0.127.  Numbers are compared
numerically for that reason.  So the comparison becomes this:

2 . 0 . 46   44 .ent.centos. 1
2 . 0 . 46   44 .ent.centos. 2

Clearly, 1 < 2, so the latter is the newer package.


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