,----[ Albert Chu <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> ] | AB, | > | > libfreeipmi driver APIs will completely change in the next | > release. | > | I just want to be sure that a "reasonable" backwards compatibility | can be expected in 0.2.0. We all have code that isn't part of | FreeIPMI and some of the newer APIs may not be suitable/usable for | our needs. I know for a fact I cannot use the new sensors api at | all. If someone develops based out of the 0.1.3 API, I believe they | should still be able to use the old API if it is desired. `---- So far we have retained backward compatibility. But our plans are to drop the old APIs as soon as all of the utilities (including external projects) report they are ready.
I seriously recommend everyone to use the Unified Driver Model (UDM) interface. It has numerous enhancements * No global variables (thread safety). * Unified driver interface. Internally abstracts all inband, outofband and probing drivers. * Easier and cleaner API interface, fewer number of arguments. * It is easy to maintain UDM APIs unchanged across future releases because of its design. * LAN driver in UDM has serious enhancements and bug fixes. "per-message-auth" support will be enabled based on 'get-channel-auth-caps' returns automatically. This will be a big performance improvement (fewer bytes to transfer, one time password encryption). * Buffers re-used where ever possible through ipmi_device_t. This avoids unnecessary memory copying and allocation. 0.1.3 APIs impose a serious limitation if we want to move forward. Every IPMI command needs to be written for each driver and utilities becomes will go crazy supporting all the drivers. I can retain the old APIs till all utilities gets ported to newer APIs. But they will get no new enhancements. Coding freezing and QA releases will happen by end of October and Final release tentatively planned around end of November. I wish I can drop the APIs and have a clean start from 0.2.0 onwards. Our next major focus will be towards SOL support. -- Anand Babu GPG Key ID: 0x62E15A31 Blog [http://ab.freeshell.org] The GNU Operating System [http://www.gnu.org] _______________________________________________ Freeipmi-devel mailing list Freeipmifirstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/freeipmi-devel