Oracle® Solaris 11.2 Linkers and Libraries Guide

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Updated: July 2014

External Versioning

Runtime references to a shared object should always refer to the versioned file name. A versioned file name is usually expressed as a file name with a version number suffix.

Should a shared object's interface changes in an incompatible manner, such a change can break old applications. In this instance, a new shared object should be distributed with a new versioned file name. In addition, the original versioned file name must still be distributed to provide the interfaces required by the old applications.

You should provide shared objects as separate versioned file names within the runtime environment when building applications over a series of software releases. You can then guarantee that the interface against which the applications were built is available for the application to bind during their execution.

The following section describes how to coordinate the binding of an interface between the compilation and runtime environments.