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Hi All,

During updates I see a number preceding the package to be updated as indicated in the below example:

1:perl-Module-Build-0.3500-119.el6_1.1.x86_64
^
Does anyone know what does this indicates?

Thank you,

Phil

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  • Hello Phil,

    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
    vs.
    1:package-1-2

    (1beta > 1, epoch to the rescue)

    Regards, Leonard.

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