[Rubygems-developers] Version number format

Gavin Sinclair gsinclair at soyabean.com.au
Thu Apr 1 22:37:40 EST 2004

On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 10:20:16 AM, Chad wrote:

> David and I were just talking about this on AIM.  I think we both 
> understand a scenario in which this would be useful.  David's proposed
> solution (which I think is the most simple and elegant) is to use a 
> different gem name for the snapshots.  You could do, for example, 
> captcha-snapshot and have a bleeding edge versioning scheme that you
> update.  This way, the following would always get you the latest 
> snapshot:

> gem --remote --install captcha-snapshot

> The downside is you have to require_gem("captcha-snapshot"), but given
> the way gems works, you would most likely only be doing this in one 
> place, so it wouldn't be a big deal to change when you get to general
> release for libs that require the snapshot.

> What do you think?

I don't quite follow the reasoning that "you would most likely only be
doing this in one place".  If I install 'log4r-snapshot', then all my
installed libraries and applications that use 'log4r' won't see the
snapshot.  I don't see the point of installing something if it won't
be seen.


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