Chapter 8 Shared library versions

Please read our policy on shared library versioning to understand what to do with shared library versions in general. Do not blindly assume software authors know what they are doing; many of them do not. It is very important that these details are carefully considered, as we have quite a unique situation where we are trying to have dozens of potentially incompatible software pairs co-exist. Careless port imports have caused great trouble regarding shared libraries in the past (ever wondered why the port jpeg-6b has a shared library version of 9?). If in doubt, send a message to the FreeBSD ports mailing list. Most of the time, your job ends by determining the right shared library version and making appropriate patches to implement it.

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