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digitalmars.D.bugs - [Issue 17775] New: dmd master __VERSION__ should match the major

https://issues.dlang.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17775

          Issue ID: 17775
           Summary: dmd master __VERSION__ should match the major release
                    that it will be for
           Product: D
           Version: D2
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P1
         Component: dmd
          Assignee: nobody puremagic.com
          Reporter: issues.dlang jmdavisProg.com

Right now, it seems that the way that dmd version number is handled is that it
matches the current major release and gets bumped when another major release is
made. So, if 2.075 is the current major release, then dmd --version with dmd
master prints something like

DMD64 D Compiler DMD64 D Compiler v2.075.0-336-g12fa5f06c

and __VERSION__ is 2075. The main problem that I see with this is that if a
change is made in master, and a project wants to / needs to version code
differently based on whether it's building with master or something older,
there's no way to do it, because __VERSION__ is the same for both, whereas if
master had the version number of the release that will come from it next rather
than the release that came from it last, then no such problem exists. And since
minor releases are released from the stable branch rather than master, having
master be a higher version number than what the minor release will have
shouldn't matter, and the higher version that master does have will match what
the next major release is. So, it can just be bumped after the new branch for
the next release is made rather than being bumped right before it's made, which
seems to be how it works now.

What we have right now seems to manage to make sure that the releases have the
right version, but it doesn't play well at all for using __VERSION__ when you
need to differentiate from master.

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Aug 23