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From: Neil Horman <nhorman@tuxdriver.com>
To: "Iremonger, Bernard" <bernard.iremonger@intel.com>
Cc: "dev@dpdk.org" <dev@dpdk.org>
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v5 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:24:01 -0500
Message-ID: <20150120142401.GA18449@hmsreliant.think-freely.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <8CEF83825BEC744B83065625E567D7C2049D9017@IRSMSX108.ger.corp.intel.com>

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 01:37:35PM +0000, Iremonger, Bernard wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: dev [mailto:dev-bounces@dpdk.org] On Behalf Of Thomas Monjalon
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:15 AM
> > To: Neil Horman
> > Cc: dev@dpdk.org
> > Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v5 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation
> > 
> > Thank you Neil for writing this document.
> > This is a really important change in DPDK.
> > It would be very good to have comments or acknowledgement from several developpers. This policy
> > would be enforced by having several Acked-by lines.
> > 
> > 
> > 2015-01-16 10:33, Neil Horman:
> > > 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.
> > > ---
> > >  doc/abi.txt | 36 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > >  1 file changed, 36 insertions(+)
> > >  create mode 100644 doc/abi.txt
> > >
> > > diff --git a/doc/abi.txt b/doc/abi.txt new file mode 100644 index
> > > 0000000..14be464
> > > --- /dev/null
> > > +++ b/doc/abi.txt
> > > @@ -0,0 +1,36 @@
> > > +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:
> > > +	1) At least 3 acknoweldgements of the need on the dpdk.org
> > > +	2) 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
> > > +	3) 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.
> 
> Hi Thomas,
> 
> Should there be a reference to this document in the programmers guide?
> 
Thats a good question. I think, as Thomas notes, it probably should be
referenced in some way.  The programmers guide might be good.  What might be
better would be checking the deprecation notices and adding them to the release
notes for any given release.

Thoughts?
Neil

> Regards,
> 
> Bernard.
> 
> 

  parent reply	other threads:[~2015-01-20 14:24 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 [this message]
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   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v7 4/4] docs: Add ABI documentation Neil Horman
2015-01-22 10:56     ` 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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