Re: [PATCH] signalfd: fill in ssi_int for posix timers and messagequeues

From: Davide Libenzi
Date: Sun Jul 25 2010 - 00:10:13 EST

On Tue, 20 Jul 2010, Andrew Morton wrote:

> It's not a matter of a current application depending on current
> behaviour! The problem is that an application written in 2018 which
> depends on the _new_ behaviour will not work on 2.6.34.
> It wouldn't be the worst thing we've ever done to our long-suffering
> users, but it is a permanent cost of having screwed things up :(

While I agree it is a problem with the kernel compatibility handling,
every time we add new features to an existing interface we end up in
similar scenarios.
Nowadays a "require kernel >= X.Y.Z" is all but an uncommon case for
userspace code.

- Davide

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