The backport policy is flawed--but entrenched in Debian
Posted Feb 26, 2004 20:25 UTC (Thu) by ncm
In reply to: The backport policy is flawed--but entrenched in Debian
Parent article: The trouble with backporting fixes
Moving to later versions of glibc need not cause any such problems.
Nothing that depends on the older version needs to be recompiled,
because the glibc ABI is enforcedly stable. Glibc uses ELF versioning
to preserve old interfaces and semantics -- although they don't
necessarily preserve old bugs that result in undocumented behavior.
That's to the good, because the programs get unexpected fixes, and
only programs that depended on undocumented behavior get new problems.
I.e. the ripple effect peters out fast.
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