[Haskell-cafe] Is bumping the version number evil, if it's not mandated by the PVP?

Sebastian Fischer sebf at informatik.uni-kiel.de
Sat Aug 14 05:13:19 EDT 2010


I wonder whether (and how) I should increase the version number of a  
library when the API does not change but the implementation gets more  

Should I bump a.b.C or even a.B to signal that it's worth using the  
new version or should I bump only a.b.c.D such that packages that  
depend on a.b get installed with the new version automatically?

When bumping only a.b.c.D, the new version is not installed as a  
dependency if the old version already is installed (unless the new  
version is explicitly demanded.) It seems bumping a.b.c.D has  
advantages for some users and disadvantages for others.

Hence, I guess I should make a major version bump. Is it bad habit to  
make a major version bump if the API does not change?

Maybe I should simply change the API too ;)


Underestimating the novelty of the future is a time-honored tradition.

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