During updates I see a number preceding the package to be updated as indicated in the below example:
Does anyone know what does this indicates?
It’s the epoch, which is essentially a version override, i.e. any version of a package with an epoch of 1 is more recent than a version without an epoch (epoch = 0). It was conceived to overcome issues caused by poor versioning.
For example package-1beta-1
(1beta > 1, epoch to the rescue)
Thank you, sir.