ask for delivering cygwin 1.1.8 with kde 1.1.2

Robert Collins
Wed Jun 13 17:10:00 GMT 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles S. Wilson" <>
To: "Robert Collins" <>
Cc: "Ralf Habacker" <>; "Cygwin-Apps"
<>; "Suhaib Siddiqi" <>;
"Alan Hourihane" <>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 12:55 AM
Subject: Re: ask for delivering cygwin 1.1.8 with kde 1.1.2

> Robert Collins wrote:
> >
> > If libjpeg is breaking it's own ABI in a non-backward compatible
> > without incrementing it's major version number, then I would be
> > and talking to them with big sticks.
> That is correct.  The jpeg ABI changed between 6a and 6b, therefore
> 6b dll uses "cygjpeg6b.dll" as its versioned name.  Ditto readline
> between 4.1 and 4.2 -- the ABI (and API) changed; since I wasn't
> expecting *that*, the 4.1 readline dll was "cygreadline4.dll" but the
> 4.2 dll was "cygreadline4.2.dll".  However, the cygwin readline 4.2 is
> still marked "test" -- it's not too late to change the name to
> "cygreadline4-2.dll" if you think that's a better scheme.  I do NOT
> believe that dll names should include patch numbers or release
> Preferably only major numbers -- and minor numbers if necessary due to
> bonehead ABI changes...

I Agree that dll's should only have major numbers (".."). Libtool
numbers by ABI and API, so for libtool, we should be able to minimise
the number of concurrent .dll's needed. I _think_ the major number
always changes on backwards-compatible-breakages (ABI or API).

> IMO, libtool (or KDE) shouldn't try to parse dll names for versioning
> information.  Instead, it should build a tiny app (just link:
> -lreadline -- without a version # -- always works); this app should
> return the version string *as the library stores is*.  Almost all
> libraries have some sort of getVersion function.

Libtool isn't ralf's problem - it's the code from libjpeg that's causing
grief. Libtool doesn't care or check version numbers. In fact in libtool
you cannot specify "I need version foo", you can only specify "this
library I am making is compatible to the last 3 revisions, has had 45
trivial changes, and is on it's 3 rewrite".

<skip discussion on identifying libraries>
> which returns "4.2" -- and really represents the dll version since
> rl_library_version is a const char* DATA export from the dll.
> > >From what you are saying it sounds like a program llinked to
> > 6.1.0 won't run with libjpeg 6.1.1. That's pretty unusual for
> > libraries - can the version checking be made more sane? Or is that
> > because of the current beta state of libjpeg?
> See above.  Jpeg isn't really beta, in the sense that it will
> be made "stable".  6b is about two years old.  Tom Lane has mumbled
> about releasing 6c "eventually" -- but don't hold your breath.  "6c"
> will NOT contain any of the jpeg2000 stuff, even if 6c is ever
> released.

Given the above, that the library file name changed with the ABI,
libjpeg should not be an issue, if ralf links against the correct
library name - which will be resolved by the import library at link
time. So... what's happening?


> --Chuck

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