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From: Ryan Hill <dirtyepic@g.o>
Subject: Re: On eclass APIs
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 23:27:51 -0600
On Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:35:36 +0100
Fabian Groffen <grobian@g.o> wrote:

> Is this necessary for just one function, or is this only beneficial
> after a huge revamp of some eclass?  Is it acceptable to take the
> breakage outside Gentoo, given the extra work imposed by creating
> revisions and keeping track?

If there has been some major instance of eclass API breakage wrecking the tree
lately then I missed it (lately being defined as "since 2007 when
debug.eclass was purposely poisoned by QA"). So this versioning scheme is IMO
largely over-engineering a solution to a non-existent problem.

I'd like to say "use common sense" when announcing modifications to public
APIs, but we've proven time and again incapable of doing anything without a
painstakingly written procedure that we can all ignore or find loopholes in.
So 30 days sounds like a good minimum for an email to g-d-announce after all
in-tree uses are converted, unless your eclass has an "s", "y", or "e" in the
name in which case you roll a die and multiply by 30 (ie. current standard
practice).


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