When a point release (eg 8.4, 8.5, etc) are released, packages that are updated could have major version change, a minor version change, or a simple release version number change. Whatever the case may be, the dist tag will be
el8. For example. In 8.4, powertop is at version
2.12-2, but in 8.5 it is expected to be
2.14-1. The dist tag will stay
Now let’s say for the sake of the example that there’s a patch or otherwise on that package during 8.5. Typically the release number (the
-1) will increment +1 and the dist tag will change to
For packages that don’t get updated will keep their previous versions and dist tags typically (there are some exceptions where they drop back to
el8 in upstream RHEL, but it’s far and few between).
As an side, we’re hoping to deprecate that change log section of documentation in favor of an announcement mail list, which should help us be able to publish what’s being updated or changed, including proper versions and the like. We’re pretty close to making the mail list system public.