[Rubygems-developers] Advice on version numbers for alpha releases?

Jim Weirich jim at weirichhouse.org
Thu Aug 18 12:55:10 EDT 2005

Lyle Johnson said:
> I'm about to make the first release of FXRuby 1.4, but would like to
> somehow mark it as an "alpha" release. I'm wondering if there's some
> way to avoid calling it fxruby-1.4.0.gem (or whatever) which might
> lead people to thinking it's a stable release. Are there any
> established patterns for how people do this, or should I just punt and
> call the first release 1.4.0 and be done with it?

RubyGems versions are all numeric by design, so there is no way to append
an "alpha" or "beta" designation.  I tend to use 3 digit versions for
official releases and 4 digit versions for releases between official

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