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Date:      Thu, 5 Oct 2006 12:26:58 -0400
From:      Robert Huff <roberthuff@rcn.com>
To:        freebsd general questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Compatibility Between Releases Policy
Message-ID:  <17701.12882.642660.607789@jerusalem.litteratus.org>
In-Reply-To: <4525260C.6080100@highperformance.net>
References:  <45249716.2050401@highperformance.net> <4524B1DF.20206@locolomo.org> <4525260C.6080100@highperformance.net>

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Jason C. Wells writes:

>  Ports astonish me more often than FreeBSD to be sure.  If one
>  uses a port that was built on a 6.0 system, can one trust that no
>  bit rot will occur by the time 6.9 rolls around.

	If you mean "Is it guaranteed a binary built under x.0 will
run, even with remapped libraries, under x.9?" then the answer is
"Hell, no."
	If you mean "Will a port that builds sucessfully under both x.0
and x.9 be limited only by changes in the port and not in the OS?"
then the answer (as I understand it) is "Probably."
	

				Robert Huff



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