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msync() and subtle behavioral tweaks

msync() and subtle behavioral tweaks

Posted Jun 26, 2012 19:14 UTC (Tue) by liljencrantz (guest, #28458)
In reply to: msync() and subtle behavioral tweaks by jmorris42
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I am surprised this did not come up in the article. Maintaining backward compatibility with possibly existing old programs is relevant, but is it really more important than making sure the kernel behavior matches the API documentation so that *future* programs will behave as expected?

The other alternative would of course be to deprecate the old calls and replace them with newer ones that do what you'd expect from the documentation and then carefully document all the ways in which the old syscalls don't actually do what they advertise. This alternative sounds horrible in a very Redmondesque way.


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msync() and subtle behavioral tweaks

Posted Jul 3, 2012 12:36 UTC (Tue) by philomath (guest, #84172) [Link]

Exactly my words, as I would have written. thank you!


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