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Subject: Re: [boost] Binary compatibility of boost releases. Is there such a thing at all?
From: Vladimir Prus (vladimir_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-05-14 13:12:33

Alexander Churanov wrote:

> Hi folks!
> I am working on boost port for FreeBSD. At present I am investigating
> into versioning of shared libraries. Historically, versions of boost
> shared libraries on FreeBSD do not match boost release version. Some
> FreeBSD folks beleive that application should not be recompiled just
> because the boost was updated, say from 1.37 to 1.39 and that shared
> library version for 1.39 may stay the same as it was for 1.37. I'm
> afraid it's not correct.
> I've read that there is no binary compatibility for boost shared
> libraries from different releases, and that application must use
> exactly the same library it was compiled for. However, these documents
> are of 2003-2004. Here is the question:
> What is the actual status of binary compatibility for boost?

There's no binary compatibility guarantees at all, I am afraid.

- Volodya

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