for the ArsDigita Community System by Ron Henderson
ACS version numbers help identify at a high-level what is in a particular release and what has changed since the last release. A "version number" is really just a string of the form:
A change in the major version number indicates a fundamental change in the architecture of the system, e.g. ACS 2 to ACS 3. A change in the minor version number signifies the addition of new modules and minor data model changes, e.g. ACS 3.1 to ACS 3.2. The final release number indicates the relative maturity of a release and marks things like bug fixes; it follows the ordered progression:
alpha beta 0 (public release) 1 2 ...
So typical release version numbers would be:
The first is a relatively mature release of the ACS 3.2 base code and the second is a non-public release of ACS 4.0 that probably still has lots of bugs.
Version numbers are also recorded in the CVS repository so that the
code tree can be restored to the exact state it was in for a
particular release. To translate between a distribution tar file
(acs-3.2.2.tar.gz) and a CVS tag, just swap '.' for '-' and add the
release date. The entire release history of the toolkit is recorded
in the tags for the top-level
> cvs log readme.txt RCS file: /usr/local/cvsroot/acs/readme.txt,v Working file: readme.txt head: 3.1 branch: locks: strict access list: symbolic names: acs-4-0: 22.214.171.124 acs-3-2-2-R20000412: 3.1 acs-3-2-1-R20000327: 3.1 acs-3-2-0-R20000317: 3.1 acs-3-2-beta: 3.1 acs-3-2: 126.96.36.199 acs-3-1-5-R20000304: 188.8.131.52 acs-3-1-4-R20000228: 184.108.40.206 acs-3-1-3-R20000220: 220.127.116.11 acs-3-1-2-R20000213: 18.104.22.168 acs-3-1-1-R20000205: 22.214.171.124 acs-3-1-0-R20000204: 1.7 acs-3-1-beta: 1.7 acs-3-1-alpha: 1.7 acs-3-1: 126.96.36.199 v24: 1.5 v23: 1.4 start: 188.8.131.52 arsdigita: 1.1.1 keyword substitution: kv total revisions: 13; selected revisions: 13 description: ...
In the future, ArsDigita packages should follow this same convention on version numbers.