RFC v2: adding a temporary, non-BC gauranteed, 'private' library

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Fri Apr 24 21:31:40 BST 2009

On Friday 24 April 2009, Modestas Vainius wrote:
> > if the API is going through constant ABI breakage, then it isn't ready
> > for this process. only when an API is ready for trialing for actual
> > inclusion in, say, kdelibs would you put it in there. that means a fairly
> > confident API, but not confident enough to commit to 5+ years of support.
> So you have to set a few rules here, because I might understand "constant
> breakage" differently than you.

i don't think we do, no.

> libplasma ABI breakages used to be very
> constant from my POV.

which is why we kept it in kdebase until it (and QGraphicsView, which was one 
of the major motivations for BC changes) was mature.

> May I remind you that you want to _release_ stable
> KDE depending on this library.

you don't need to remind me, it's the entire point of figuring this out and 
why i'm willing to subject myself to sprawling hydralike threads.

> So will you let yourself to break API/ABI for minor KDE stable release?

it really depends on the library, and if it breaks between releases then it 
_should_ have the .so number changed.

Aaron J. Seigo
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