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Re: [Bug-readline] Fix building readline on future OS X versions, and al

From: Max Horn
Subject: Re: [Bug-readline] Fix building readline on future OS X versions, and also cleanup the relevant code
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:32:49 +0100

On 25.01.2014, at 23:46, Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:

> Thanks.  The new stanza will be in bash-4.3-rc2/readline-6.3-rc2.

Great! But actually, perhaps a second alteration should be put in... First, a 

So far I assumed that readline 6.x released are supposed to be backwards 
compatible in the following sense: If a binary was linked against a readline 
6.x shared library, then one may later upgrade that shared library to readline 
6.y for y > x and the program will still run. Or, said simple: A program linked 
against readline 6.2 should still work with readline 6.3, without a need for 

Is that correct? If no, I did it wrong all the time and it's good I finally 

But if yes, then the currently used install_name used on Mac OS X is bad: It 
uses the full library name libreadline.6.2.dylib, but really should be using 

I have a patch ready to fix that, if it is appropriate.


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