Upcoming ABI Breakage in RELENG_7
ronald-freebsd8 at klop.yi.org
Wed Jul 30 09:34:48 UTC 2008
On Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:47:34 +0200, David Southwell <david at vizion2000.net>
> On Tuesday 29 July 2008 08:45:45 Ken Smith wrote:
>> Normally the FreeBSD Project tries very hard to avoid ABI breakage in
>> "Stable Branches". However occasionally the fix for a bug can not be
>> implemented without ABI breakage, and it is decided that the fix
>> warrants the impact of the ABI breakage. We have one of those
>> situations coming along for RELENG_7 (what will become FreeBSD 7.1).
>> The ABI breakage should only impact kernel modules that are not part of
>> the baseline system (those will be patched by the MFC) which deal with
>> advisory locks. As such the impact should not cause many people
>> The work that will be MFCed fixes issues with filesystem advisory locks,
>> and moves the advisory locks list from filesystem-private data
>> structures into the vnode structure.
>> The MFC will be done by Kostantin Belousov some time this coming Friday
>> (August 1st, 2008) if you have concerns and want to watch for it.
> Sometimes information gets posted to this list on the assumption that
> understand what the writer means.
> This is one of those occasions!!
> For those of us who are not as well informed and experienced as others
> someone please explain what is meant by an ABI breakage, its
> and how to deal with them.
Googling for ABI gives me this:
That is part of what you want to know.
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