Xserver driver merging pros & cons

Keith Packard keithp at keithp.com
Sun Sep 18 23:55:48 PDT 2011

On Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:44:17 +1000, Peter Hutterer <peter.hutterer at who-t.net> wrote:

> If we're really concerned about the numbers changing in an unpredictable
> manner and the difficulty of associating the server with a specific ABI, we
> should consider switching to a date-based ABI major. 20111119 or something
> like that, provided the current range lets us do that (would need to check).
> but tbh, I find the wiki page detailing the server vs abi versions enough.

The major ABI number has 16 bits, so we can't do anything *this*
fancy. But, yes, bumping the version should be a lightweight operation;
for API-compatible changes, it forces a recompile of all affected
drivers (of course, having those in-tree would make that all happen
automagically :-)

keith.packard at intel.com
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