Marcus Brinkmann Marcus.Brinkmann at
Sun Feb 1 14:44:54 CET 2004


I just checked in the following NEWS item, and related changes.
If anybody working on apps using GPGME has a comment, please step forward :)
We gave it quite some thought and think this is the most practical way.

 * GPGME is now compiled with LFS (large file support) by default.
   This means that _all_ programs using GPGME must be compiled with
   LFS support enabled by default.  You can do this easily with
   autoconf, by using the AC_SYS_LARGEFILE macro.  Or you can do this
   without autoconf by defining the preprocessor symbol
   _FILE_OFFSET_BITS to 64 (by passing the -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 to
   the C compiler command line, or by defining this preprocessor
   symbol before including any system header files).  For more
   details, read the section on LFS in the manual.

   Up to now, it was undocumented that GPGME was not using LFS.
   But the public interfaces use off_t, and file descriptors are
   exchanged between the application and GPGME.  This was an oversight,
   and bound to cause troubles in the future.

   Writing GPGME as a dual mode library that seamlessly supports LFS
   while keeping backwards compatibility is possible, but does not
   solve the problem: Many applications already expect GPGME to have
   LFS (they are compiled with off_t being a 64bit value).  This is true
   in particular for the popular Gtk+ and Qt programs.

   So, although this is an ABI (but not an API) break, we will not
   change the library version to reflect that.  Because the interfaces
   affected are probably not used yet in any GPGME 0.4 based
   application, we don't expect any real failures from this change.
   In fact, applications already using LFS will have some subtle bugs

   However, if you encounter an application using GPGME 0.4.x that
   does _not_ use LFS by default (off_t is a 32bit value), _and_
   uses at least one of the functions gpgme_data_seek,
   gpgme_data_new_from_filepart, or a gpgme_data_seek_cb_t with
   gpgme_data_new_from_cbs, then indeed this library will be ABI
   incompatible with the program.  As said above, we don't believe
   such a program exists.  If we are in error, then you have two
   options: As a quick hack, you can configure GPGME with the
   --disable-largefile option.  This will revert the change, and GPGME
   will not use LFS.  However, GPGME will be incompatible with
   programs that expect GPGME to use LFS.  All applications are
   required to use LFS when using GPGME, so this is only good as a
   temporary local work-around.

   The other option is to change the versioning of the library and
   recompile all applications.  We have reserved a special version of
   the library for that, so you can do that without expecting a
   version clash in the future.  Furthermore, everyone who does this
   will agree on the version to use (this is important for
   distribution makers).  Read the comment in (before
   LIBGPGME_LT_AGE) if you want to do this.  Please don't do this
   blindly: As stated above, we think it is unlikely this measure is
   needed.  Still, it is there if necessary.  If in doubt, contact us
   and we will give our advise for your specific situation.


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