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From: Neil Horman <nhorman@tuxdriver.com>
To: dev@dpdk.org
Subject: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:59:46 -0500
Message-ID: <1421873986-21912-4-git-send-email-nhorman@tuxdriver.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1421873986-21912-1-git-send-email-nhorman@tuxdriver.com>

Adding a document describing rudimentary ABI policy and adding notice space for
any deprecation announcements

Signed-off-by: Neil Horman <nhorman@tuxdriver.com>
CC: Thomas Monjalon <thomas.monjalon@6wind.com>
CC: "Richardson, Bruce" <bruce.richardson@intel.com>

---
Change notes:

v5) Updated documentation to add notes from Thomas M.

v6) Moved abi.txt to guides/rel_notes/abi.rst

v7) Updated abi.rst to integrate with index file
    Updated abi.rst to conform to rst formatting
    Updated abi.rst to include example deprecation notices.  Its not exactly the
language that Thomas indicated, but I think it makes the idea clear.
---
 doc/guides/rel_notes/abi.rst | 41 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 41 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 doc/guides/rel_notes/abi.rst

diff --git a/doc/guides/rel_notes/abi.rst b/doc/guides/rel_notes/abi.rst
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..9b72719
--- /dev/null
+++ b/doc/guides/rel_notes/abi.rst
@@ -0,0 +1,41 @@
+ABI policy
+==========
+ABI versions are set at the time of major release labeling, and ABI may change
+multiple times between the last labeling and the HEAD label of the git tree
+without warning.
+
+ABI versions, once released are available until such time as their
+deprecation has been noted here for at least one major release cycle, after it
+has been tagged.  E.g. the ABI for DPDK 1.8 is shipped, and then the decision to
+remove it is made during the development of DPDK 1.9.  The decision will be
+recorded here, shipped with the DPDK 1.9 release, and actually removed when DPDK
+1.10 ships.
+
+ABI versions may be deprecated in whole, or in part as needed by a given update.
+
+Some ABI changes may be too significant to reasonably maintain multiple
+versions of.  In those events ABI's may be updated without backward
+compatibility provided.  The requirements for doing so are:
+
+#. At least 3 acknoweldgements of the need on the dpdk.org
+#. A full deprecation cycle must be made to offer downstream consumers sufficient warning of the change.  E.g. if dpdk 2.0 is under development when the change is proposed, a deprecation notice must be added to this file, and released with dpdk 2.0.  Then the change may be incorporated for dpdk 2.1
+#. The LIBABIVER variable in the makefilei(s) where the ABI changes are incorporated must be incremented in parallel with the ABI changes themselves
+
+Note that the above process for ABI deprecation should not be undertaken
+lightly.  ABI stability is extreemely important for downstream consumers of the
+DPDK, especially when distributed in shared object form.  Every effort should be
+made to preserve ABI whenever possible.  For instance, reorganizing public
+structure field for astetic or readability purposes should be avoided as it will
+cause ABI breakage.  Only significant (e.g. performance) reasons should be seen
+as cause to alter ABI.
+
+Examples of Deprecation notices
+-------------------------------  
+* The Macro #RTE_FOO is deprecated and will be removed with version 2.0, to be replaced with the inline function rte_bar()
+* The function rte_mbuf_grok has been updated to include new parameter in version 2.0.  Backwards compatibility will be maintained for this function until the release of version 2.1
+* The members struct foo have been reorganized in release 2.0.  Existing binary applications will have backwards compatibility in release 2.0, while newly built binaries will need to reference new structure variant struct foo2.  Compatibility will be removed in release 2.2, and all applications will require updating a rebuilding to the new structure at that time, which will be renamed to the origional struct foo.
+* Significant ABI changes are planned for the librte_dostuff library.  The upcomming release 2.0 will not contain these changes, but release 2.1 will, and no backwards compatibility is planned due to the invasive nature of these changes.  Binaries using this library built prior to version 2.1 will require updating and recompilation.
+
+Deprecation Notices
+-------------------
+
-- 
2.1.0

  parent reply	other threads:[~2015-01-21 21:00 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 99+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2014-12-20 21:01 [dpdk-dev] Add DSO symbol versioning to supportbackwards compatibility Neil Horman
2014-12-20 21:01 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Neil Horman
2014-12-22 14:01   ` Gonzalez Monroy, Sergio
2014-12-22 16:22     ` Neil Horman
2014-12-22 16:34     ` Neil Horman
2014-12-22 17:09       ` Gonzalez Monroy, Sergio
2014-12-22 19:00         ` Neil Horman
2014-12-22 20:04           ` Neil Horman
2014-12-20 21:01 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2014-12-20 21:01 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2014-12-20 21:01 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2014-12-22 20:24 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Neil Horman
2014-12-22 20:24   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2014-12-22 20:24   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2014-12-23 13:05     ` Gonzalez Monroy, Sergio
2014-12-23 15:50       ` Neil Horman
2014-12-22 20:24   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2014-12-23  9:48     ` Iremonger, Bernard
2014-12-23 13:01       ` Neil Horman
2014-12-23 13:27   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Gonzalez Monroy, Sergio
2014-12-23 15:50     ` Neil Horman
2014-12-23 15:51 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v3 " Neil Horman
2014-12-23 15:51   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v3 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2014-12-29 16:21     ` Sergio Gonzalez Monroy
2015-01-14 15:29     ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-14 16:24       ` Neil Horman
2014-12-23 15:51   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v3 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2014-12-23 16:44     ` Gonzalez Monroy, Sergio
2014-12-23 17:08       ` Neil Horman
2014-12-29 16:23     ` Sergio Gonzalez Monroy
2015-01-14 15:48     ` Thomas Monjalon
2014-12-23 15:51   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v3 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2014-12-29 16:24     ` Sergio Gonzalez Monroy
2015-01-14 15:59     ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-14 20:07       ` Neil Horman
2015-01-16 13:34         ` Thomas Monjalon
2014-12-29 16:20   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v3 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Sergio Gonzalez Monroy
2015-01-14 15:25   ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-14 20:29     ` Neil Horman
2015-01-09 12:35 ` [dpdk-dev] Add DSO symbol versioning to supportbackwards compatibility Neil Horman
2015-01-15 19:35 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v4 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Neil Horman
2015-01-15 19:35   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v4 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2015-01-15 19:35   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v4 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2015-01-15 19:35   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v4 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2015-01-30 17:13   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v4 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Gray, Mark D
2015-01-16 15:33 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v5 " Neil Horman
2015-01-16 15:33   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v5 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2015-01-16 15:33   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v5 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2015-01-16 15:33   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v5 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2015-01-20  7:14     ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-20 10:47       ` Bruce Richardson
2015-01-20 13:37       ` Iremonger, Bernard
2015-01-20 13:46         ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-20 14:24         ` Neil Horman
2015-01-20 14:29           ` Butler, Siobhan A
2015-01-20 14:41             ` Neil Horman
2015-01-20 14:50               ` Butler, Siobhan A
2015-01-20 15:30                 ` Neil Horman
2015-01-20 14:32           ` O'driscoll, Tim
2015-01-20 14:00     ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-20 14:37       ` Neil Horman
2015-01-20 15:06         ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-20 15:35           ` Neil Horman
2015-01-20 21:17 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v6 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Neil Horman
2015-01-20 21:17   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v6 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2015-01-20 21:17   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v6 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2015-01-20 21:17   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v6 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2015-01-21 10:13     ` Iremonger, Bernard
2015-01-21 10:25     ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-21 14:59       ` Neil Horman
2015-01-21 16:05         ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-21 19:43           ` Neil Horman
2015-01-21 22:24             ` Thomas Monjalon
2015-01-22 19:21               ` Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 01/26] version: 2.0.0-rc0 Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 02/26] mk: fix link to static combined library Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 03/26] eal: fix check for power of 2 in 0 case Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 04/26] ethdev: fix missing parenthesis in mac check Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 05/26] mem: search only dpdk hugetlbfs maps Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 06/26] log: remove unnecessary stubs Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 07/26] vfio: avoid enabling while the module is not loaded Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 08/26] bond: fix vlan flag interpretation Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 09/26] app/testpmd: remove duplicated function for list parsing Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:57   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 10/26] nic_uio: fix thread structure compatibility for future FreeBSD Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:58   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 01/26] version: 2.0.0-rc0 Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:59 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:59   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:59   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2015-01-21 20:59   ` Neil Horman [this message]
2015-01-22 10:56     ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Iremonger, Bernard
2015-01-22 15:37       ` Neil Horman
2015-01-22 15:49 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v8 1/4] compat: Add infrastructure to support symbol versioning Neil Horman
2015-01-22 15:49   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v8 2/4] Provide initial versioning for all DPDK libraries Neil Horman
2015-01-22 15:49   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v8 3/4] Add library version extenstion Neil Horman
2015-01-22 15:49   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v8 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2015-01-22 16:46     ` Butler, Siobhan A
     [not found] ` <1422898822-16422-1-git-send-email-nhorman@tuxdriver.com>
     [not found]   ` <1422898822-16422-4-git-send-email-nhorman@tuxdriver.com>
2015-02-03 15:24     ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v9 " Thomas Monjalon
2015-02-03 16:01 ` [dpdk-dev] Add DSO symbol versioning to supportbackwards compatibility Thomas Monjalon
2015-02-03 20:20   ` Neil Horman

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