export list symbols

Nicolas Williams Nicolas.Williams at sun.com
Tue Oct 20 14:01:28 EDT 2009

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 01:50:34PM -0400, Zhanna Tsitkova wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 20, Jeff Hutzelman wrote:
> > What about symbols which were previously removed from the public headers
> > (or were never prototyped), but remain exported to maintain backward
> > compatibility with existing users?
> Sounds like a bad practice anyway, don't you think? 

The _past_ practice of being careless with respect to public/private API
status was definitely bad.  Whether the _current_ practice of not
breaking old apps [at run-time link-time] is good or bad is subject to
debate.  A decision to break such old apps may certainly be made (I
wouldn't object), but it has to be made consciously.


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