Once upon a time, Avi Kivity <avi(a)argo.co.il> said:
Thomas M Steenholdt wrote:
>sometimes updating a shared library breaks the interface
if the interface was broken. surly more than a rebuild would be
required. the application using the library would need to be updated.
API != ABI (like kernel modules).
>or possibly even adds new features that we want.
if we use the new feaures we need to update the code in the library's
users. if we don't, why is a rebuild required?
Some programs will have support for new library versions before Fedora
lands the new version (maybe the new library was in testing for a while
for example). A rebuild will automatically pick up the new features and
seems a lot of churn for a minor release. library authors should care
more. designing binary compatible capable interfaces is not that hard.
The OpenSSL project doesn't really support shared libraries or seem to
care about an ABI at all; every minor version (and some patch levels)
break the ABI.
Chris Adams <cmadams(a)hiwaay.net>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.