Wishes to the new G-Wrap maintainer?

Andreas Rottmann a.rottmann at gmx.at
Mon Jul 12 14:54:22 EDT 2004

linas at linas.org (Linas Vepstas) writes:

> On Fri, Jul 09, 2004 at 06:15:35PM +0200, Andreas Rottmann was heard to remark:
>> linas at linas.org (Linas Vepstas) writes:
>> > Whenever an api changes in an incompatible manner, please bump the 
>> > major version number. That's what major version numbers are for.
>> >
>> Sorry, but there is no "standard scheme" for version numbers everyone
>> must adhere to. 
> Actually, for libraries, there is ...  incorrect version leads to
> linkage breaks.  Its actualy a technical problem, and not a matter
> of taste or opinion.
This is for library SONAMES, but that was not what I was talking about.

>> I prefer to use minor version number as "branch
>> indicator" (like the Linux kernel, GNOME, ...). Branches may break
> There is considerably more freedom of interpretation when dealing
> with an application.  Applications don't have API's that migh break
> backwards compat; you can choose version numbers that make good 
> slogans ("win95").
> But Gnome is not the example you think: [...]
> Note that the Linux kernel is also a bad example: [...]
OK, but I think as long as you are consistent, it's IMHO no problem to
break API on minor version numbers :-p

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