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[opensuse] software package version numbers vs build dates?
  • From: dwgallien <dwgallien@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 12:24:46 -0500
  • Message-id: <201012051224.46070.dwgallien@xxxxxxxxx>

For a very long time, I've noticed that YaST software management (and hence I
presume zypper?) will determine the most current version of a package based
upon its version number rather than its build date. Consequently, when
packages are displayed, if there is a higher version number available YaST will
show it in blue, whereas if there is an alternate package with a newer date but
lower version number, it will be displayed in red. And, if the user does an
"all in this list, update if newer version available", YaST will select those
packages with higher version numbers (the blue) but not those with lower
version numbers/newer build dates (the red).

It appears that those packages with lower version numbers but newer build
dates, are (at least sometimes) definitely the newer versions - the build date
on the older version number can be as much as several months newer. While this
is occurs most often in Packman packages, it also is occasionally the case with
packages in SuSE repositories like 11.3 KDE 4.5.

Can anyone explain why this is so? In particular, should the user only take
the higher version number or, when a newer package is available although with
an older version number, should that be given preference? (And I guess it
follows, is YaST therefore behaving as it should?)

Thanks in advance,

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