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Re: tips for checking changes to library version numbers?

From: Michel Briand
Subject: Re: tips for checking changes to library version numbers?
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 06:51:54 +0100

Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> - Thu, 4 Dec 2008 06:27:33

>Hello Michel,
>* Michel Briand wrote on Thu, Dec 04, 2008 at 05:19:29AM CET:
>> Brian Gough <address@hidden> - Thu, 27 Nov 2008 19:34:45 +0000
>> >
>> >Does anyone have any good ways to check that updates to -version-info
>> >numbers accurately reflect the actual changes in the API of a library
>> >when making a new release?
>> another check I can imagine is about the version of your library.
>I'm sorry, but can you please explain in which way this should help
>answering the following question: Brian, the package maintainer, is
>about to release another version of his package; he would like to
>know if, since the last release, the semantic, API, and ABI changes
>to his library necessitate a bump in the version number triple to be
>used for the upcoming release?
>This isn't a question which can be answered completely mechanically,
>at least I don't know of such a possibility.

On Debian I discovered the nice tool dpkg-shlibdeps that extract all
the symbols and can check for modifications of API against the previous
extract ;). It's a script so you can look at it to pick what may be

[On my last post I wanted to show up another tip that can be useful
when dealing with library version changes... It's a little off topic
but anyway related ;)...]


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