A New Tool For Tracking ABI Changes Of Libraries
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 7 December 2015 at 09:12 AM EST. 5 Comments
FREE SOFTWARE --
Andrey Ponomarenko has announced his work on ABI-Tracker, a new open-source tool for tracking ABI changes of C/C++ software projects.

Ponomarenko shared on the Fedora developer list this weekend about his aptly-named ABI-Tracker.

The ABI-Tracker visualizes ABI changes across releases of a C/C++ software library. The project is open-source and available via GitHub.

An example of the visualizations can be seen via abi-laboratory.pro where there is ABI tracking of Glib, glibc, HTTPD, GTK+, OpenSSL, Qt, and other key libraries. The ABI-Tracker shows the different versions, soname, backward compatibility with previous version, the number of added/removed symbols, and changes to the header files.
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