This section explains functions that were included in previous versions of the GSS-API.
The following functions are supported by the Sun implementation of the GSS-API for convenience and for backward compatibility with programs written for older versions of the GSS-API. However, they should not be relied upon, as they might not be supported by other implementations of the GSS-API.
Although these functions make it possible to convert a mechanism's name from a string to an OID, programmers should use the default GSS-API mechanism, instead of specifying one, if at all possible.
The following functions have been supplanted by newer functions. In each case, the new function is the functional equivalent of the old one. Although the old functions are supported, developers should replace them with the newer functions whenever possible.