Please append version numbers to tarballs

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alidayvn
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Please append version numbers to tarballs

Post by alidayvn » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:13 am

I just finished scripting builds of VASP 5.4.1 with VTST r158 yesterday, and when tried to download VTST today, the MD5 of the code .tgz was different. I went to the website, but the version number there marked for the download hadn't changed. There was no changelog, no announcement on the forum, but when I unpacked the .tgz file to see what the difference was, it was version r160 instead of 158.

This was, well, really rather frustrating, to be honest, (especially given how relatively messy VASP is to patch and install just on its own,) and I'd hope that if the vtstcode.tgz release packages were instead labelled with their release id (e.g. vtstcode-r160.tgz), it would mean that someone would at least have to update the webpage before it would start serving new versions.

It'd also mean that we could keep a list of valid MD5 sums with filenames to cache and verify our downloads.

Is this something that could be added to whatever workflow uploads the .tgz bundles to the site?

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Re: Please append version numbers to tarballs

Post by graeme » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:18 pm

Yes, for sure. In fact, I currently strip the revision number. Instead, I will change it so that the download contains the version.
Thanks for note.

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Re: Please append version numbers to tarballs

Post by graeme » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:01 pm

done

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