Sunday, July 13, 2008

These version numbers have version numbers!

This product that was on TV was available for four easy payments of $19.95. I would like a product that was available for three easy payments and one complicated payment. We can't tell you which payment it is, but one of these payments is going to be hard.
-- Mitch Hedburg

Version numbers in Ubuntu Linux can get pretty intense. Here is a list of 13 version numbers from Ubuntu packages in increasingly ridiculous order (that is, order of increasing ridiculous-ness (ridiculousity?)).
  1. 15 (just a number, possibly too simple)
  2. 1.2-2 (three numbers, reasonably simple)
  3. (standard Linux kernel version number, very simple)
  4. 2007-12ubuntu3.1 (year, month, and Ubuntu version)
  5. 1:8.04+20080630 (version with a full date in it)
  6. 3.0.28a-1ubuntu4.3 (version and Ubuntu version)
  7. 4.0.1ubuntu5.8.04.1 (package with version and a more complicated Ubuntu version)
  8. 4.4.0-1ubuntu4~hardy1 (version with Ubuntu version and Ubuntu distribution subversion)
  9. 3:0.cvs20060823-3.1ubuntu4 (version, CVS date, and Ubuntu version)
  10. 8.61.dfsg.1~svn8187-0ubuntu3.3 (version, SVN version, and Ubuntu version)
  11. 20080508+git20080601-0ubuntu0.8.04 (version and two dates in it -- okay, one is a GIT version number too)
  12. 3.0.1+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.04.1 (version plus some tags then a complicated Ubuntu version)
  13. (no comment)
(document version: 1.2.62.cvs20080713~svn2942~17ubuntu2.43.1.3-5~binonly~rc7:1)

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