Subject: Re: NetBSD 2.0 release date
To: John Franklin <email@example.com>
From: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/08/2003 09:03:01
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On Dec 8, 2003, at 8:42 AM, John Franklin wrote:
> On Dec 7, 2003, at 3:06 PM, Jason Thorpe wrote:
>> Version checks will not solve the problem. Sigh, I guess I'll have
>> to repeat the crux of the problem *again*.
>> Consider this:
>> program foo depends on libc.13 and libother.0
>> libother.0 depends on libc.12
>> *EVEN IF* you have 100% complete inter-library version consistency
>> checking, you still lose in this situation. What if foo and libother
>> both call function zap(), and zap() is one of the things that had an
>> ABI change between the two libc versions?
> How would this program even link? Wouldn't the linker return a storm
> of duplicate symbols as it tries to resolve through both versions of
What if program foo was compiled on a different host, and you received
it as a binary? What if, on that other hose, libother.0 had a recorded
dependency on libc.13 (i.e. it is a "fresh install"), but you are
running it on a host that has an older libother.0 that has the libc.12
This is a totally normal, acceptable situation that should work
(assuming the library minor numbers are the same).
Now let's say libother is a 3rd-party library, which is used on many
different operating systems. How easy do you think it will be to get
the libother maintainers to bump their shared library version? How
easy do you think it will be to maintain a local patch for all eternity
that keeps the shared library version ahead +1 of the stock libother
version (and only for specific versions of NetBSD)?
How easy do you think it will be to maintain such patches for hundreds
(or even thousands) of 3rd-party libraries?
-- Jason R. Thorpe <email@example.com>
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