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Re: backward/forward binary compatibility checker

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[CCing the Debian release team since they may be interested]

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 4:38 PM, Andrey Ponomarenko<susanin@ispras.ru> wrote:

>    Colleagues, I'm software engineer from Institute for System
> Programing of Russian Academy of Sciences and we are developing a free
> lightweight tool for checking backward/forward binary compatibility of
> shared C/C++ libraries in OS Linux. It checks interface signatures and
> data type definitions in two library versions (headers and shared
> objects) and searches ABI changes that may lead to incompatibility.
> We have released 1.1 version of this tool and we'd like you to consider
> its usefulness for your project.
>    The wiki-page with the latest release of binary compatibility checker is
> http://ispras.linux-foundation.org/index.php/ABI_compliance_checker

That sounds extremely useful for Debian and other free software
distributions. Please notify at least Fedora, I suggest writing an
article about it for LWN (http://lwn.net) though. Have you considered
packaging it for Debian so that library maintainers can use it to
check their packages or the release managers could use it to block
libraries with broken ABIs (for example)?



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