breaking compatibility for 2.12.0

Tomas Mraz tmraz at
Mon Feb 7 09:54:00 CET 2011

On Mon, 2011-02-07 at 09:20 +0100, Werner Koch wrote: 
> On Sat,  5 Feb 2011 12:33, nmav at said:
> > The problem is that the discussed functions cannot be supported any
> > more, and were not actually widely used. For the commonly used functions
> How do you know that?  Checking the Debian packets gives only a first
> clue. But there are many more applications out there.  Often these are
> in-house applications and the maintainers won't tell you about it.
> However they use gnutls as a stable and reliable library and trust that
> the gnutls maintainers handle ABI breaks with due diligance.  That is to
> change the SO name and announce a reasonable EOL for the old ABI
> version.

I think the proper response here is to maintain the 2.10.x branch for a
slightly longer time than usual perhaps even after the next branching
event. Changing the SONAME in the new branch is of course a must.

Tomas Mraz
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