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From "Randy Terbush" <>
Subject RE: am I dreaming?
Date Thu, 25 Mar 1999 19:38:13 GMT
I suggested a few weeks back (or was it months) that we should not
consider a mismatch in MODULE_MAGIC_NUMBER to be fatal. This decision
really should be left to the module vendor. The module should know
what range of MAGIC_NUMBER it can accept and decide to participate as
a registered handler or not. That simple change would solve a lot of
these issues.

I still think that little changes like the one desribed should be
MINOR number changes. That was my intent when I added

If we can agree on a way to deal with this, I would be happy to work
on it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On
> Behalf Of Vince Bonfanti
> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 1999 6:54 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: am I dreaming?
> On 3/23/99 11:21 PM, Thomas Reilly wrote:
> >
> >After a more diligent scanning I noticed that the
> >were redefined.  Maybe these changes were important bug
> fixes but they
> >seem to just be cosmetic to me, in which case I feel like
> they could
> >have been deferred to a later Apache version.
> >
> >Is backwards compatibility of precompiled DSO modules not something
> >that Apache aims to maintain?  It seems like a very
> desirable feature
> >to me but the fact there have been 20 changes to
> >MODULE_MAGIC_NUMBER_MAJOR since 1.3 left beta leads me to
> believe that
> >I'm the only one that feels that way.
> >
> >--
> >Tom Reilly
> >Live Software, Inc
> >
> >
> We also "feel the pain" of this lack of compatibility,
> though perhaps not
> as strongly. We distribute source for our product on UNIX platforms
> because recompiling is a relatively painless process for
> the end user.
> On Window NT it's a different story: most end users don't
> have the tools
> installed to compile anything, and if they did, the
> complexity of the
> build process is anything but trivial. Therefore, we have to ship
> binaries for Windows NT, and have had to to build a new
> version for each
> Apache dot release.
> We would also like to see backwards compatibility of
> precompiled DSO
> modules a higher priority.
> Vince Bonfanti
> New Atlanta Communications, LLC

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