In SystemInformation, one gets the "Release ID" as well as the "Creation Date".
I just installed Windows version:
Release ID 184.108.40.206 (3868239, 3824638) Creation Date Tue 20 Nov 2012 10:45:14
This was from an installer downloaded from the Wolfram User Portal yesterday that, I presume, is the corrected version (with the fix about previous-version faulty fonts).
Previously, I installed the Mac OS X version:
Release ID 220.127.116.11 (3825048, 3824632) Creation Date Tue 20 Nov 2012 10:31:01
Same Creation Date (except for a 150minute difference) between the two platforms.
So how could one tell from SystemInformation whether the Windows version is in fact the latest?
On Dec 6, 2012, at 4:57 AM, John Fultz <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Actually, in this case, a revision number would *not* have been free. > If we had incremented the main version number of the product, it would > have meant recompiling from source many of the binaries in the product > to reflect that change. Which would have in turn required significantly > lengthening the test cycle. Which means that we could have been waiting > until close to the end of the week before delivering a patched installer > in the best case scenario, even though the only change we really wished > to make was to the installer. > > The installer build went through our automated build system, produced a > complete log of the build, and was assigned a unique build number. That > build number is available in SystemInformation, since that is recorded > as a simple text file which is rolled up into the installer at the time > the installer is built. > > > On Dec 5, 2012, at 2:17 AM, "McHale, Paul" <Paul.McHale@excelitas.com> wrote: > >> I recently installed Mathematica 9.0.0 and had the problems. This was quit >> e unpleasant but I work with software people who understood. Things happen >> . They asked for specifics, I explained I upgraded from 8.0.4 to 9.0.0 and >> the problems were severe. Uninstalled 9.0.0 and the problems were gone. >> Explained about the problem as WRI explained it. All is good. >> >> A few days later the "new release" is out. Here is a conversation: >> >> Me>> So, the new release of Mathematica is out. Should fix the problem. Will probably upgrade next week. >> Software lead>> What is the new release number? >> Me>> 9.0.0 >> Software Lead>> Wait (checks notes), OK, you mistakenly reported that as the problematic version. >> Me>> That is correct. >> Software Lead>> So you are changing windows to fix the problem? >> Me>> They updated the release package but did not increase the revision number. >> Software Lead>> If they are releasing two different items with the same reision number, what is their revision control? More of a guideline? (Pirate >> of the Carribean) >> >> Industry standard is you have to release different things with different revision numbers.
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