Numbering scheme

Jeremy Allison jallison at
Fri Nov 20 18:50:51 GMT 1998

Dana Canfield wrote:
> Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I had planned to try to document
> changes between pre-releases at the todo-list site (I've seen quite a
> few messages to the list saying "did anything change from alpha XX to
> alpha YY?"), but I'm confused about the release numbering.  Alpha 16 &
> Beta 1 were both released on Nov. 10, and and then Alpha 17 appeared on
> Nov. 17th.  I realize that the weekly builds that are numbered Alpha are
> probably automatic builds, but where do they fit in to the scheme of
> things with regards to the betas, etc.  Is it something where the
> "beta" tarballs are in a feature freeze, and the alpha tarballs are
> still free-for-alls (in which case, shouldn't they be 2.1.1prealpha or
> 2.0.1 or something)?  Or is it that the betas are just cleaned up
> versions of the weekly alphas,?

Alpha 17 was a mistake - Andrew has now turned off the
auto-alpha generation.

The betas are going out from the 2.0 branch, the auto
alphas were going out from HEAD.

I'll change the version in the HEAD branch to be 2.1alpha.
so any new alphas from the HEAD will be 2.1alphaX.



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