[lsb-discuss] x86_64 psABI doc

Nick Stoughton nick at usenix.org
Wed Jun 25 13:44:55 PDT 2008


On Wed, 2008-06-25 at 12:54 -0700, Wichmann, Mats D wrote:
> Andrew Haley wrote:
> 
> >> We can't remove old versions - they're there specifically
> >> because past published LSB specifications reference specific
> >> versions and those must remain available so those links
> >> remain valid. This is in fact the exact reason why they are
> >> mirrored on refspecs, because we can't change history, but
> >> upstream sites are likely to drop specific versions (my own
> >> employer does this with great impunity). I believe the
> >> published ISO LSB specification, AMD64 volume, contains this link.
> > 
> > Interesting.  The trouble with this approach, while it makes
> > some sense from an historical point of view, is that people
> > might refer to this out of date ABI spec and actually use it.
> 
> As a separate topic from updating our current reference,
> we ought to think of some way to describe the copies in
> refspecs in a way that indicates that they may not be the
> current versions; there's already something like that in the
> LSB specification itself but one could easily browse directly
> in refspecs to one of the saved specs without seeing that notice.

Maybe we could add a cover page or similar with a warning that the
enclosed document is not the most recent edition....as well as noting
that on the index page.

-- 
Nick Stoughton          
USENIX Standards Liaison




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