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The Debian System -- Concepts and Techniques The Debian System -- Concepts and Techniques
Martin F. Krafft Open Source Press / No Starch Press ISBN 3-937514-07-4 / 1-593270-69-0
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Sarge also does not support tilde in versions (page 218)

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Reported on: 2005-06-21

In chapter 5. The Debian package management system on page 218:

In the end of the forth paragraph, I claim that the woody tools do not support the tilde (~) character in the version number string. The sarge tools also do not support this character. Full support for the tilde character in version numbers will come with the release of Debian etch.

Update: while sarge's dpkg and even APT support the tilde character in version strings, the majority of package- and packaging-related tools in the sarge archive do not. Therefore, the tilde is not fully supported in sarge, but it is in the etch release.


Richard Bejtlich, Tao Security: Krafft is obviously a Debian enthusiast, but he is not a zealot blind to any flaws Debian might possess. He is also not afraid to praise other OS' (like NetBSD) or declare that certain misconceptions (think debconf) are invalid. When necessary he compares Debian tools or syntax to other Linux distributions, such as a chart on pp 200-201 on apt, yum, up2date, and urpmi. The book also contains a large number of footnotes with URLs for more research and additional commentary.


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