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February 8, 2007 12:38
Re: [PATCH 5.8.x] 'Fix' Text::Balance version number
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>>>>> On Thu, 8 Feb 2007 09:54:49 -0800 (PST), "Jerry D. Hedden" <> said:

  > Jerry D. Hedden wrote:
 >> The problem with this is that after building and installing 
 >> 5.8.x@30165, and then running 'r' from the CPAN prompt, you
 >> get:
 >> Package namespace         installed    latest  in CPAN file
 >> ...
 >> Text::Balanced                    2  2.000000 
 >> DCONWAY/Text-Balanced-v2.0.0.tar.gz
 >> ...
 >> This is no good.  It show there that an update is needed
 >> when there shouldn't be.  My patch (which quotes the
 >> 2.000000) fixes this so that the above does not show up.

  > John Peacock wrote:
 >> I get that part, but I'm wondering why it isn't *CPAN*
 >> that needs fixing, since those two $VERSION's are
 >> equivalent.

  > I'll submit a bug report against CPAN.

I looked into the Text-Balanced-2 package on CPAN and compared it with

% md5sum lib/Text/ /home/src/perl/repoperls/perl-m-5.8.0@30176/lib/Text/ 
b174404a8b7391f7643e2d04673c7def  lib/Text/
8abb7ef7e80687bfbe37215ea23ad975  /home/src/perl/repoperls/perl-m-5.8.0@30176/lib/Text/

So they are not the same.

 >> It can also be argued that perlmaint *does* need updating,
 >> since it doesn't have the XS version installed, but that's
 >> a different horse...

  > Okay.  So there's no disagreement that my patch should be
  > applied to maint, correct?

No, it is wrong. You should never change a module without changing its
version. Your patch says:

-$VERSION = 2.000000;
+$VERSION = '2.000000';

But seriously, it should be

-$VERSION = 2.000000;
+$VERSION = '2.000001';

or whatever. Let it reflect that it is a *different* version.

I do agree that the old rule to quote version strings should be kept
up, at least for a while until has become as widespread as
it deserves.


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