Subject: Re: stdio FILE extension
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/16/2001 12:59:38
On Sun, Oct 14, 2001 at 04:47:18PM -0400, der Mouse wrote:

 > (Indeed, I think I've seen NetBSD do not-backwards-compatible API
 > changes without ABI changes, without touching the major number;
 > routines have been silently added to existing include files, thereby
 > breaking code that uses those names for its own purposes.  API changes
 > without changes to existing ABIs are not the sort of change library
 > major numbers are for, though.)

API changes are an entirely different animal than an ABI change,
and we are perfectly within our rights to change APIs that are not
specified by a standard.

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>