Thomas Dickey dickey at
Tue Apr 7 14:27:12 PDT 2009

On Tue, 7 Apr 2009, Alan Cox wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Apr 2009 18:36:20 +0000 (UTC)
> Tuomo Valkonen <tuomov at> wrote:
>> On 2009-04-07, Alan Cox <alan at> wrote:
>>>> several mission-critical applications that has seen two and a half
>>>> decades of development based on Xlib.  (... with all the assumptions
>>> Commiserations but at least Xlib today is back compatible. Try a 25 year
>>> old windows app and weep.
>> Try a 5 year old Linux program binary on a recent OS -- and weep.
> Works beautifully if you have the libraries to hand. I test this
                     ^^ (big assumption).

> regularly and things like the rogue binary from 1993 work nicely. The
> number of interfaces we removed is tiny and all specialist

"Since 1993" seems to be your message.  Of course you _could_ give an
informative response.

ctype's changed incompatibly a couple of times (I assume that's what you 
mean by "specialist").  Of course that's glibc (termio's changed at 
least once - I recall hearing that was kernel ;-).

(curious if you're planning to make remarks that distinguish you from 
Tuomo - so far, that's not the case)


Thomas E. Dickey

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