cvs commit: src/lib/libc/gen fts-compat.c fts-compat.h

Coleman Kane cokane at
Fri Aug 24 14:09:55 PDT 2007

John Baldwin wrote:
> On Friday 24 August 2007 02:36:30 pm Yar Tikhiy wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 24, 2007 at 11:03:12AM -0400, Daniel Eischen wrote:
>>> On Thu, 23 Aug 2007, Yar Tikhiy wrote:
>>>> yar         2007-08-23 05:09:31 UTC
>>>> FreeBSD src repository
>>>> Modified files:
>>>>   lib/libc/gen         fts-compat.c fts-compat.h
>>>> Log:
>>>> Forced commit to note repo-copy:
>>>> These files have been repo-copied from src/include/fts.h
>>>> and src/lib/libc/gen/fts.c to serve as a base for 4.4BSD
>>>> compatible versions of fts(3) functions to be preserved
>>>> through libc symbol versioning while the default versions
>>>> undergo ABI-breaking extension to support big file trees.
>>> When are you going to break the ABI?  After 7.0 is tagged
>>> and released?  If you break the ABI before, you don't need
>>> or want to have the compat versions; the libraries have already
>>> been bumped in prep for release.  I don't think we want to
>>> use symbol versioning as a crutch for -current users; the
>>> version definitions are meant for public releases only.
>> The reason for exercising symbol versions right now is that "make
>> installworld" is sensitive to the fts(3) ABI.  If the ABI is just
>> broken w/o special measures, "make installworld" will fail in the
>> middle and leave you with a botched system.  It goes as follows:
>> - "make installworld" copies the old /usr/bin/find and some other
>>   tools to /tmp/ for use during the install
>> - libc is overwritten by its new instance, with new fts(3) ABI
>> - the old find(1) is run by installworld and dumps core immediately.
>> Earlier the problem was to be avoided by bumping libc version so
>> that the old libc is kept, and now I chose symbol versioning to get
>> around it.  Do you think there is a different way?
> 6.x users upgrading to 7.0 will have a 6.x /usr/bin/find, so they will
> be ok.  It's only old -current users who already have a that
> will be inconvenienced, and that's part of running -current.  Maybe
> you could use a hack where for 7.x osreldate's you copy tools out of
> /rescue instead for a few weeks to give people on -current a chance to 
> upgrade.
Whatever the solution turns out to be, don't forget to drop it into 

Coleman Kane

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