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A number of people have asked us to include a
in the Windows binaries we ship, declaring a version number.
Such a version numbering scheme needs to take into account our daily snapshots, and thus to be updated in an automated way.
Update, 2005-10-05: after wrestling with various toolchains, we've finally checked in something that appears to work with the Windows compilers we've tried. We reserve the right to back it out if it causes trouble.
As of 2016-12-20, the meaning of the binary version number (e.g., 0.58.6356.0) is described in Buildscr.
(The PuTTY binaries also contain XML application manifests to improve appearance on Windows XP; these contain a mandatory four-component version number. We don't attempt to keep this in sync with the VERSIONINFO resource. In current code this is hard-coded to 0.0.0.0, although in some older versions it was set to 188.8.131.52. This isn't ideal, although we don't currently know of anything that actually looks at this version number.)