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From: "Kinsella, Ray" <mdr@ashroe.eu>
To: Thomas Monjalon <thomas@monjalon.net>
Cc: dev@dpdk.org, fady@mellanox.com, Honnappa.Nagarahalli@arm.com,
	Neil Horman <nhorman@tuxdriver.com>,
	John McNamara <john.mcnamara@intel.com>,
	Marko Kovacevic <marko.kovacevic@intel.com>,
	Harini Ramakrishnan <harini.ramakrishnan@microsoft.com>,
	Omar Cardona <ocardona@microsoft.com>,
	Pallavi Kadam <pallavi.kadam@intel.com>,
	Ranjit Menon <ranjit.menon@intel.com>,
	david.marchand@redhat.com, bruce.richardson@intel.com
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v1 2/2] doc: clarify alias to experimental period
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2020 18:01:17 +0100
Message-ID: <b605b1ae-042d-bbed-1dd7-a5406942e924@ashroe.eu> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <3753229.KUAPmvbx1T@thomas>



On 07/07/2020 17:57, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> 07/07/2020 18:37, Kinsella, Ray:
>>
>> On 07/07/2020 17:36, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
>>> 07/07/2020 18:35, Kinsella, Ray:
>>>> On 07/07/2020 16:26, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
>>>>> 07/07/2020 16:45, Ray Kinsella:
>>>>>> Clarify retention period for aliases to experimental.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Ray Kinsella <mdr@ashroe.eu>
>>>>>> ---
>>>>>> --- a/doc/guides/contributing/abi_versioning.rst
>>>>>> +++ b/doc/guides/contributing/abi_versioning.rst
>>>>>> @@ -158,7 +158,7 @@ The macros exported are:
>>>>>>  * ``VERSION_SYMBOL_EXPERIMENTAL(b, e)``: Creates a symbol version table entry
>>>>>>    binding versioned symbol ``b@EXPERIMENTAL`` to the internal function ``be``.
>>>>>>    The macro is used when a symbol matures to become part of the stable ABI, to
>>>>>> -  provide an alias to experimental for some time.
>>>>>> +  provide an alias to experimental until the next major ABI version.
>>>>>
>>>>> Why limiting the period for experimental status?
>>>>> Some API want to remain experimental longer.
>>>>>
>>>>> [...]
>>>>>> +alias will then typically be dropped in the next major ABI version.
>>>>>
>>>>> I don't see the need for the time estimation.
>>>>
>>>> Will reword to ...
>>>>
>>>> "This alias will then be dropped in the next major ABI version."
>>>
>>> It is not addressing my first comment. Please see above.
>>
>> Thank you, I don't necessarily agree with the first comment :-)
> 
> You don't have to agree. But in this case we must discuss :-)
> 
>> We need to say when the alias should be dropped no?
> 
> I don't think so.
> Until now, it is let to the appreciation of the maintainer.
> If we want to change the rule, especially for experimental period,
> it must be said clearly and debated.

It doesn't make _any_ sense to maintain an alias after the new ABI.

The alias is there to maintain ABI compatibility, 
there is no reason to maintain compatibility in the new ABI - so it should be dropped

 

  reply	other threads:[~2020-07-07 17:01 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 21+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-07 14:45 [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v1 0/2] doc: minor abi policy fixes Ray Kinsella
2020-07-07 14:45 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v1 1/2] doc: reword abi policy for windows Ray Kinsella
2020-07-07 15:23   ` Thomas Monjalon
2020-07-07 16:33     ` Kinsella, Ray
2020-07-07 14:45 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v1 2/2] doc: clarify alias to experimental period Ray Kinsella
2020-07-07 15:26   ` Thomas Monjalon
2020-07-07 16:35     ` Kinsella, Ray
2020-07-07 16:36       ` Thomas Monjalon
2020-07-07 16:37         ` Kinsella, Ray
2020-07-07 16:55           ` Honnappa Nagarahalli
2020-07-07 17:00             ` Thomas Monjalon
2020-07-07 17:01               ` Kinsella, Ray
2020-07-07 16:57           ` Thomas Monjalon
2020-07-07 17:01             ` Kinsella, Ray [this message]
2020-07-07 17:08               ` Thomas Monjalon
2020-07-07 17:50 ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 0/2] doc: minor abi policy fixes Ray Kinsella
2020-07-07 17:51   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 1/2] doc: reword abi policy for windows Ray Kinsella
2020-07-07 17:51   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 2/2] doc: clarify alias to experimental period Ray Kinsella
2020-07-07 18:44     ` Honnappa Nagarahalli
2020-07-08 10:32   ` [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 0/2] doc: minor abi policy fixes Thomas Monjalon
2020-07-08 12:02     ` Kinsella, Ray

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