grass5.0beta - versions and features confusion

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Mon Jul 26 13:10:50 EDT 1999

On Sat, Jul 24, 1999 at 01:48:01PM +0200, Morten Hulden wrote:
> I am confused. I find lots of files called grass5.0beta<something>, but
> none of them seem to contain features promised.

> What is going on? Is it too much to ask for a decent version numbering
> scheme for grass5.0betas to save us from unnecessary downloads of these
> huge packages. 

Thanks for speaking up about that.
I strongly support your suggestion of a good numbering system for
beta and alpha versions.

On Mon, Jul 26, 1999 at 09:10:44AM -0500, B. Byars wrote:
> We are in the process (today) of releasing GRASS 5.0 beta2
> which is a substantial improvement over 5.0 beta.  

IIRC were several intermediate versions of which
some were already called beta2 (or had the name somewhere in it). 
After that a few development versions were accessable by people more
involved in the development.

> For all official source, keck will have the latest along with
> hannover.  

If I start hacking on the source, which I had to do to make some things
work, I want the latest source code, which I would call an alpha or
development version.

It is important for external contributor to have access to it.
That's why all these versions have to numbered proberly.

On Mon, Jul 26, 1999 at 09:22:10AM -0500, B. Byars wrote:
> We have just released a new beta package of GRASS 
> (grass5.0beta2).  This package replaces the older 5.0 beta package you
> are all presently using.  
Thanks for the announcement.
My suggest would be to give that a higher number as beta2, to
mark it clearly as new.


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