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Title:Extra version string system
Synopsis:
Invent a way to embed an extra, non amiga version strings into programs and create a tool to extract it.

Project members:
  marko  
  Rigo  
Status:Assigned
Priority:High      As prioritized by the OS4 development team
Category:system/general
Description:Introduction
    
Since a lot of software are being ported from other platforms that use version strings that are not compatible with Amiga version strings, a need to be able to store both an amiga version string and the version string of the original software has arisen.

This project is about inventing a method for storing such an extra version string inside software binaries, as well as about creating a tool to extract the data.

Once completed the solution will be presented to Hyperion as a proposal for the official AmigaOS way of storing this type of information.

Note that the new version string is Not a replacement for the Amiga version string. It is only a complement and an amiga version string must always be included in the software independent of the original software version.

Example solution
    
A new cookie could be used, much like in the Amiga version string:

     "�$EXTVER: programname versionstring (dd.mm.yyyy) comment�"

Where "versionstring" is an arbitrary string that hold the non amiga version.

And then a new tool can be used to extract the version string:

     extversion program.exe
Created by:orgin
Created at:20080906 23:32
Deadline:Not set
Finished at:Not finished
Last update:20140403 10:12
Assigned to:marko

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