Commit 7bfc6046 authored by Mukund Sivaraman's avatar Mukund Sivaraman

devel-docs: Add libtool-instructions.txt

parent a805f842
......@@ -3,8 +3,11 @@
# Making releases on the stable branch:
# gimp_micro_version += 1;
# gimp_interface_age += 1;
# For a description of libtool version variables, see:
# devel-docs/libtool-instructions.txt
m4_define([gimp_major_version], [2])
m4_define([gimp_minor_version], [9])
......@@ -28,6 +28,7 @@ EXTRA_DIST = \
gih.txt \
gpb.txt \
includes.txt \
libtool-instructions.txt \
parasites.txt \
pat.txt \
gegl-porting-plan.txt \
...... libtool settings
This is a brief description of how the various version variables at the
top of are to be set, including gimp_interface_age and
See the arithmetic under the "libtool versioning" comment heading in as a reference.
for definitions of libtool "current", "revision" and "age" numbers as
used below.
When making a release
(1) When making releases on the stable branch, set:
gimp_micro_version += 1;
gimp_interface_age += 1;
If gimp_binary_age is defined as a constant, set gimp_binary_age += 1;
else if gimp_binary_age is defined as an m4_eval(), leave it as it is.
The default gimp_binary_age m4_eval() expression auto-increments
(2) NEVER increment gimp_interface_age and gimp_binary_age by more than
1 at any time for whatever reason, or you will have to wear a brown
paper bag on your head to hide your face for the rest of your life. If
you increment gimp_interface_age by more than 1, then the libtool
"current" number is decremented which could result in incompatible
library interface with existing bin programs.
(3) If any functions have been added, set gimp_interface_age=0. This
will cause the "current" and "age" part of libtool version to bump
upwards, increasing the interface number the library implements while
keeping the minimum interface number supported the same as before
(i.e., backwards compatible ABI).
Example: In GIMP 2.8.10, with gimp_minor_version=8,
gimp_micro_version=10 and gimp_interface_age=10 (incremented by 1
for every micro release), current=800 and age=800, which means that
the libraries support interface numbers 0 through 800, and the
interface DID NOT change at all between GIMP 2.8.0 to GIMP 2.8.10.
Example: In GIMP 2.8.12, with gimp_minor_version=8,
gimp_micro_version=12 and gimp_interface_age=0, current=812 and
age=812, which means that the libraries support interface numbers 0
through 812, and the ABI interface DID change in backwards
compatible manner at the time gimp_interface_age was set to 0.
(4) If backwards compatibility was broken, set gimp_binary_age=0 and
gimp_interface_age=0. This will cause "age" part of libtool version to
be 0, increasing the minimum interface supported to "current" part of
libtool version, and making ABI backwards incompatible (the linker
will not be able to use these libraries with programs compiled to work
against older libraries.
Example: In GIMP 2.8.14, with gimp_minor_version=8,
gimp_micro_version=14, gimp_binary_age=0 and gimp_interface_age=0,
current=814 and age=0, which means that the libraries support
interface number 814 only, which tells libtool the ABI interface
changed in backwards incompatible manner at the time
gimp_binary_age was set to 0.
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