Ebuilds may have a Gentoo revision number associated with them. This is a
-rX suffix, where
X is an integer — see File Naming Rules. This
component must only be used for Gentoo changes, not upstream releases.
An ebuild with no explicit revision number has the implicit
Ebuild revisions usually serve two purposes:
- keeping an older copy of an ebuild around when doing a potentially breaking change, and
- propagating the rebuild of a package when performing a meaningful change that would otherwise go unnoticed by users who have installed the current version already.
Developers are encouraged to use common sense when determining
whether to introduce a new
-rX revision. The following rule
of thumb could be used as a guideline:
If the change can cause the package to be broken to the point
of requiring users to revert to the previous version (in the case
of packages marked stable, every non-trivial change is classified
as such), then a new revision should be introduced and the old one
kept. If the package has stable keywords, the new revision should
be dropped to
~arch(see Keywording on Upgrades). For any such revision bump, the new ebuild should be based on the previous revision to ensure that fixes aren't dropped accidentally.
If the change makes a substantial difference to the user who already
installed the package (fixes runtime issues, changes installed files,
etc.) and it would not be propagated using other means, then
the ebuild should be renamed to a new revision. If the package has
stable keywords, they should be moved to the new revision without
dropping. To commit the ebuild,
repoman commit --straight-to-stableoption should be used.
- Otherwise, the change can be done in place in the current revision of the ebuild.
Examples of changes that warrant a new revision are:
- adding a patch to fix a runtime issue,
- installing additional files that could be useful to the user,
- adding a missing runtime dependency to one of the existing blocks,
- adding a missing build-time dependency that contributed to a successfully yet incorrect build (e.g. missing some feature),
restricting a runtime dependency version, unless the
:=subslot operator is going to trigger a rebuild.
Examples of changes that can be done without a revision bump are:
- adding a patch to fix a build-time issue that prevented users from building the package (since it does not affect users who already managed to build it),
- adding a trivial documentation fix,
- installing an additional file of relatively little value (minor documentation, editor syntax file, bash completion) compared to the cost of rebuilding the package (especially if a new bump is expected soon),
- adding a missing build-time dependency that caused a build failure,
adding a new USE flag or removing an existing one (since change
in USE flags is going to trigger
- a trivial stylistic / ebuild code change (as long as the new code is equivalent to the old code),
- a dependency change that is a result of a package move (slot move).