[Rubygems-developers] Versioning policy input

Chad Fowler chad at chadfowler.com
Mon Apr 5 23:30:21 EDT 2004

Thanks, Mauricio.

On 5/4/2004, at 10:50 AM, Mauricio Fernández wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 06:31:48AM -0700, David A. Black wrote:
>>> Proposal:
>>>     Add a separate field "APIVersion" with a version number to the 
>>> GEM spec,
>>>     which specifies API revisioning, and is rigidly formed for that 
>>> purpose.
>> I like the idea of having something in the gemspec that flags API
>> changes.  It takes the burden off the public release numbering, so
>> that we wouldn't have to take on the literally impossible task of
>> trying to get all authors to agree on how to (publically) number their
>> releases.
> Please take a look at the attached patches, which contain a
> straightforward implementation of the proposed internal versioning 
> scheme
> B (i.e. the complete, x.y.z one).

Do you prefer B over A for some specific reason?   I'm not sure I like 
either yet, but if it were up to me right now and I had to pick one of 
them, it would be A.

> Note that merging this would cause all existent gemspecs to stop 
> working (1)
> since they will be missing the 'api_version' field. I've done some
> ad-hoc corrections to gemspecs/*.gemspec *but* api_version should be
> set by somebody knowledgeable w/ the API for each lib.

I'm not too worried about breaking existing gems.  We're in Alpha, and 
it's easy to script a fix.

More Wednesday.


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