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Dpkg::Version(3)		 libdpkg-perl		      Dpkg::Version(3)

       Dpkg::Version - handling and comparing dpkg-style version numbers

       The Dpkg::Version module provides pure-Perl routines to compare dpkg-
       style version numbers (as used in Debian packages) and also an object
       oriented interface overriding perl operators to do the right thing when
       you compare Dpkg::Version object between them.

       my $v = Dpkg::Version->new($version, %opts)
	   Create a new Dpkg::Version object corresponding to the version
	   indicated in the string (scalar) $version. By default it will
	   accepts any string and consider it as a valid version. If you pass
	   the option "check => 1", it will return undef if the version is
	   invalid (see version_check for details).

	   You can always call $v->is_valid() later on to verify that the
	   version is valid.

       boolean evaluation
	   When the Dpkg::Version object is used in a boolean evaluation (for
	   example in "if ($v)" or "$v || 'default'") it returns its string
	   representation if the version stored is valid ($v->is_valid()) and
	   undef otherwise.

	   Returns true if the version is valid, false otherwise.

       $v->epoch(), $v->version(), $v->revision()
	   Returns the corresponding part of the full version string.

	   Returns true if the version is native, false if it has a revision.

       $v1 <=> $v2, $v1 < $v2, $v1 <= $v2, $v1 > $v2, $v1 >= $v2
	   Numerical comparison of various versions numbers. One of the two
	   operands needs to be a Dpkg::Version, the other one can be anything
	   provided that its string representation is a version number.

       "$v", $v->as_string(), $v->as_string(%options)
	   Accepts an optional option hash reference, affecting the string


	   omit_epoch (defaults to 0)
		   Omit the epoch, if present, in the output string.

	   omit_revision (defaults to 0)
		   Omit the revision, if present, in the output string.

	   Returns the string representation of the version number.

       All the functions are exported by default.

       version_compare($a, $b)
	   Returns -1 if $a is earlier than $b, 0 if they are equal and 1 if
	   $a is later than $b.

	   If $a or $b are not valid version numbers, it dies with an error.

       version_compare_relation($a, $rel, $b)
	   Returns the result (0 or 1) of the given comparison operation. This
	   function is implemented on top of version_compare().

	   Allowed values for $rel are the exported constants REL_GT, REL_GE,
	   REL_EQ, REL_LE, REL_LT. Use version_normalize_relation() if you
	   have an input string containing the operator.

       my $rel = version_normalize_relation($rel_string)
	   Returns the normalized constant of the relation $rel (a value among
	   REL_GT, REL_GE, REL_EQ, REL_LE and REL_LT). Supported relations
	   names in input are: "gt", "ge", "eq", "le", "lt", ">>", ">=", "=",
	   "<=", "<<". ">" and "<" are also supported but should not be used
	   as they are obsolete aliases of ">=" and "<=".

       version_compare_string($a, $b)
	   String comparison function used for comparing non-numerical parts
	   of version numbers. Returns -1 if $a is earlier than $b, 0 if they
	   are equal and 1 if $a is later than $b.

	   The "~" character always sort lower than anything else. Digits sort
	   lower than non-digits. Among remaining characters alphabetic
	   characters (A-Za-z) sort lower than the other ones. Within each
	   range, the ASCII decimal value of the character is used to sort
	   between characters.

       version_compare_part($a, $b)
	   Compare two corresponding sub-parts of a version number (either
	   upstream version or debian revision).

	   Each parameter is split by version_split_digits() and resulting
	   items are compared together. As soon as a difference happens, it
	   returns -1 if $a is earlier than $b, 0 if they are equal and 1 if
	   $a is later than $b.

       my @items = version_split_digits($version)
	   Splits a string in items that are each entirely composed either of
	   digits or of non-digits. For instance for "1.024~beta1+svn234" it
	   would return ("1", ".", "024", "~beta", "1", "+svn", "234").

       my ($ok, $msg) = version_check($version)
       my $ok = version_check($version)
	   Checks the validity of $version as a version number. Returns 1 in
	   $ok if the version is valid, 0 otherwise. In the latter case, $msg
	   contains a description of the problem with the $version scalar.

   Version 1.01
       New argument: Accept an options argument in $v->as_string().

       New method: $v->is_native().

       Don Armstrong <don@donarmstrong.com>, Colin Watson
       <cjwatson@debian.org> and Raphaƫl Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>, based
       on the implementation in dpkg/lib/version.c by Ian Jackson and others.

1.17.5				  2013-12-10		      Dpkg::Version(3)

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