[PATCH] version.h: Add version check macro

Bill Spitzak spitzak at gmail.com
Mon Sep 30 09:42:13 PDT 2013

On 09/29/2013 02:56 PM, Kristian Høgsberg wrote:

> No, we don't guarantee plugin API compatiblity from 1.2 to 1.3.  We
> may remove functions, structure fields, or change how existing
> functions work between 1.x versions.  There is no guarantee your
> plugin will work or even compile with 1.3 even if it works with 1.2,
> but it will work with every later 1.2.x release.  That's why I made
> the change to the version check macro.

Yes I understand that. My complaint is that while you *may* remove 
something between 1.2 and 1.3, you *probably won't*.

Therefore somebody using a feature that appeared in 1.2.5 and never 
disappears, and is now trying to compile for 1.8.3, has to write:

     WESTON_VERSION_AT_LEAST(1,3,0) || \
     WESTON_VERSION_AT_LEAST(1,4,0) || \
     WESTON_VERSION_AT_LEAST(1,5,0) || \
     WESTON_VERSION_AT_LEAST(1,6,0) || \
     WESTON_VERSION_AT_LEAST(1,7,0) || \

And when 1.9.0 comes out they have to add another statement to the 
above! The only "advantage" is that if the feature happens to vanish in 
1.9.0 then they don't have to edit the source. But in reality the reason 
it would vanish is because 1.9.0 is providing a new and better way to 
get the desired function, so they will want to edit the source anyway to 
add this.

In my (and I suspect a lot of other people's) proposed version the 
programer just writes:


If in fact the feature vanishes in 1.9.0 then they can write:


In the very likely case that 1.9.0 actually wants to use some new 
feature and not the fallback for the really old version:

   ... new better api is used ...
   ... use the feature ...
   ... fallback for very old version...

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