[dpdk-dev] [PATCH] doc: announce API change in mbuf

Thomas Monjalon thomas at monjalon.net
Mon Aug 5 12:14:44 CEST 2019

05/08/2019 10:05, Andrew Rybchenko:
> On 8/1/19 3:41 PM, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> > In order to prepare for a long term stable API, the mbuf library
> > has to change: allowing more features as dynamic fields,
> > and fixing the lack of rte_ prefix in the namespace.
> > The namespace fix should not break the compatibility by keeping
> > some aliases during few releases to give time for migration.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Thomas Monjalon <thomas at monjalon.net>
> > +* mbuf: Some fields will be moved or converted to dynamic API in DPDK 19.11
> > +  in order to offer more space for the dynamic fields in future.
> > +  The namespace will be fixed at the same time while keeping a backward
> > +  compatibility for some time.
> The deprecation notice is better than nothing, but "some fields" is
> hardly useful since it doe not provide enough information if an
> application is affected or not.
> Also we have no yet information on performance impact of
> switching to dynamic fields.
> May be it is not a problem if switching does not happen.
> I have no strong opinion, just trying to raise my concerns.
> May be you already have answers on it.

Unfortunately I don't have answers because I did not start this work.
We will have to evaluate the impact and discuss what to move or not.

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