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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: $Id$ considered harmful
Date Fri, 27 Sep 1996 15:04:11 GMT
Tom Tromey wrote:
> >> I'm afraid I cannot see any benefit from having that information in
> >> the file. The only versions that are put on public release are
> >> those with clearly defined Apache version numbers (1.1.1, 1.1b3,
> >> 1.2b1), which will be tagged in the repository. I've dealt with
> >> quite a few bugs and other
> Paul> That's not true. Only a small minority of people who use the
> Paul> inter-release versions have access to cvs.
> Pardon my ignorance, but are there daily snapshots made available to
> the public or something?  Or just periodic prereleases (betas and
> such)?

Snapshots are made available every 6 hours.

> In either case, one way to deal with the problem is to assign a
> version number to Apache as a whole, and require that information in
> the bug report.  Any Apache release (final or not) should be tagged in
> the repository.  Then that single version number gives enough
> information to recreate the user's server.

This is done for "official" releases. The snapshots are date and time stamped,
so this information can be used if necessary to retrieve the correct version.

> Another way to deal with the problem is to ask people to upgrade to
> the newest version and try again.  After all, if they're using a
> prerelease they must be prepared for some amount of pain.




> Tom
> -- 
>                 Member, League for Programming Freedom

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