DSO API stability guidelines

Neil Horman nhorman at redhat.com
Fri Mar 21 12:46:32 UTC 2014


On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 01:25:52PM +0100, Michal Schmidt wrote:
> On 03/21/2014 01:18 PM, Neil Horman wrote:
> > Can anyone point me to fedora packaging documentation that discusses
> > the need for API stability in packaged shared libraries?  I'm sure we
> > have some requirement that APIs in a DSO need to be versioned and
> > maintained through a release, but for the life of me I'm unable to
> > find it.
> 
> Hi Neil,
> 
> The Updates Policy for stable releases
> (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Updates_Policy#Stable_Releases)
> says this about ABIs, APIs:
>   ABI changes in general are very strongly discouraged, they force
>   larger update sets on users and they make life difficult for
>   third-party packagers.
>   [...]
>   Package maintainers MUST:
>     Avoid Major version updates, ABI breakage or API changes if
>     at all possible. 
> 
> Michal

Thanks Michal!
Neil



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