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From "David W. Van Couvering" <David.Vancouver...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Should we vote on it? (was Re: Discussion (in preparation for a vote) on interface stability table)
Date Thu, 30 Mar 2006 22:40:47 GMT
I am also realizing that we should send this Wiki page to the derby-user 
list for review.  I suspect our users will have a definite opinion about 
what we're claiming to keep stable and what we're not.

David

Andrew McIntyre wrote:
> On 3/30/06, David W. Van Couvering <David.Vancouvering@sun.com> wrote:
> 
>> > Just on first glance the table is fairly restrictive, but generally
>> > looks good. I would think that environment variables and install
>> > directory hierarchy would be marked unstable, since it seems
>> > reasonable that we could change our use of environment variables
>> > (since they're only used in the scripts) or move things around in the
>> > distributions between minor releases.
>>
>>Isn't it possible that scripts written by our users would also make use
>>of (e.g. set) environment variables and depend on the install directory
>>hierarchy?  That said, as long as we're clear as to how stable these
>>interfaces are, our users can be made aware of that and take the
>>necessary precautions (like define directory paths in a variable rather
>>than hardcode them).
> 
> 
> I don't think much change will actually be happening to either the
> variables or layout, I just don't think it is unreasonable to be able
> to change them significantly, if we wanted to, in a minor release,
> since they are not "core" APIs as such. I would certainly expect them
> to remain stable for maintenance/point releases, though.
> 
> andrew

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