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The problem: software version is not enough

A software running on any computer is the result of one source code transformed into binary by another software (e.g., compiler). The compiler, also binary, is thus obtained from source by other software, so called built-time dependencies. Hence, running a single software implies a recursive stack of binaries. This is a well-known chicken or the egg problem named bootstrapping. Even after this compilation step, the resulting executable file may also depend on other binaries such as dynamical libraries, so called run-time dependencies. For example, let’s consider the broadly used R language8. Once downloaded and installed, regular user just runs the command R. Behind the scene, this simple command involves a large stack. At first, the command…

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