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Re: Question about API stability of autoconf-archive

From: Philip Withnall
Subject: Re: Question about API stability of autoconf-archive
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:38:59 +0000

On Mon, 2015-01-26 at 12:06 +0100, Peter Simons wrote:
> Hi Philip,
>  > What’s the API stability policy for autoconf-archive macros? Once a
>  > macro is in an autoconf-archive release, is it committed to API
>  > stability for ever, or is it free to break its API whenever it likes
>  > (subject to updating #serial)?
> our macros can change their API. Every reasonable person understands, of
> course, that backwards compatibility shouldn't be broken lightly and it
> happens rarely, but in the end there's no mechanism in place to guarantee
> that a macro doesn't change its API. We do guarantee that every edit
> triggers a bump of the #serial number, though.

That’s very clear and reasonable, thanks. Perhaps this should be
documented on the autoconf-archive website so people don’t ask in

Thanks again for all your work on autoconf-archive. It’s brilliant.


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