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From "Steve Loughran (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-9517) Define Hadoop Compatibility
Date Thu, 02 May 2013 01:27:14 GMT

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Steve Loughran commented on HADOOP-9517:

think the doc skipped that notion of "semantic compatibility". Even if we make guarantees
that an interface doesn't change, what programs want is both a stable interface and stable
semantics, which we can't guarantee.

The doc implies that anything marked as {{@Stable}} is "required" to be compatible across
versions, meaning no change to the behaviour of an API call can ever change. Which implies
that you can't fix any behaviour that is considered a defect, and that all unintentional side
effects could also be argued as features.

> Define Hadoop Compatibility
> ---------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-9517
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-9517
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: documentation
>            Reporter: Arun C Murthy
>            Assignee: Karthik Kambatla
>         Attachments: hadoop-9517.patch
> As we get ready to call hadoop-2 stable we need to better define 'Hadoop Compatibility'.
> http://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/Compatibility is a start, let's document requirements clearly
and completely.

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