[tex-live] Version number

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 13 20:33:01 CET 2013

Jose Hissa Ferreira <jose.hissa at gmail.com> wrote:

>    May I ask the meaning of the version number like 29349? "29" is for
>    texlive 2012 I guess, but I'm curious about how "349" was generated
>    (date/time ?).

you don't give context for this number.

i would guess you're talking about a revision number, as in texlive.tlpdb:

  $ more texlive.tlpdb
  name 00texlive.config
  category TLCore
  revision 26946
  [thousands of lines omitted]

the number has no arcane coding in it, it's merely a count of the times
the tex live repository has been updated

ronib (the well-known typo)

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