Rant re mutation [Was libsmbclient functionality addition]

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Jun 20 21:51:01 GMT 2002

David Collier-Brown wrote:
> Richard Sharpe wrote:
> > The problem I have here is that we do not seem to have asked our user base
> > what they want.
> >
> > I can appreciate the need for changes, as I need them myself, but
> > maintaining backward compatibility may be something that is important,
> > given that libsmbclient is being shipped with a number of Linux distros
> > now.
>         [Time for my standard Multics rant again, suitably
>         bowdlerized...]
>         I recommend shipping a "filter" library implementing the
>         existing libsmbclient calls without the handles,
>         but implemented in terms of calls to the new ones,
>         with a hidden handle.
>         Call this libsmbclient.so.1, and the one with the
>         new calls libsmbclient.so.2
>         Ensure both are built and installed by default,
>         and warn people that .so.1 will be dropped from
>         maintenance after .2 stabilizes.  Anyone needing
>         backwards compatibility will get it, but will
>         also get to accept the cost of maintaining the
>         filter library themselves.

We don't have it split into different library versions yet, but this is
indeed what the design called for, and what (it appears) has been

Andrew Bartlett

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