[Development] Do we need version tags in released src packages?

Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer perezmeyer at gmail.com
Sun Aug 15 01:06:41 CEST 2021

On Fri, 13 Aug 2021 at 04:20, Jani Heikkinen <jani.heikkinen at qt.io> wrote:
> Hi!
> We are planning to simplify our packaging and releasing scripts and one thing which would simplify our scripts is removal of version tag parsing for src (and example) packages. So the question is if we can remove version tag (-alpha, -beta1 etc) from our src and exmple packages?
> In my opinion we don't need those; packages are always released in proper release folder (like https://download.qt.io/development_releases/qt/6.2/6.2.0-beta2/) and so on it should be quite obvious in which pre-release packages belongs to. Official release are already without any version tag so removing those from development releases shouldn't matter either. But does someone disagree and if yes why?

I'm afraid it won't work. There will be a number of users downloading
the wrong tarball. Also having the tag in the tarball means you can
still know what it is in your downloads folder, where you already lost
the version.

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