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Re: RFA: gold version number

On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 5:10 PM, Cary Coutant <> wrote:
> I've been neglecting gold's version number, which has been stuck at
> 1.11 for ages. I don't really have significant changes anymore that
> would trigger an obvious version number bump, but a
> consistently-incremented version number would still be useful for
> tracking purposes. I suppose I could just remove it and show only the
> binutils version number, but I think it's probably better to keep a
> version number of its own.
> But what strategy should I use for incrementing it? I've thought about
> bumping it just before each binutils release branch is cut, or perhaps
> just after, but I'm not sure how to remind myself to do that at the
> right moment.
> How should the version number distinguish between a release branch
> build and a trunk build? Are there any hooks built in to git or
> automake that would allow commit ids or datestamps to be included
> automatically in the version string?
> Any advice?

I don't have any advice about automatic updates.  There must be some
sort of binutils release checklist.

My general feeling is that the version number should change when there
is a significant change in functionality, or when the plugin API
changes in some way.  But it's also OK to use it for tracking, of


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