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NAME:
ABI Compliance Checker (ABICC) - a tool for checking backward binary and source-level compatibility of a C/C++ software library.
The tool checks header files and shared objects of old and new versions and analyzes changes in API/ABI that may break binary and/or source compatibility: changes in calling stack, v-table changes, removed symbols, renamed fields, etc.
The tool is intended for developers of software libraries and Linux maintainers who are interested in ensuring backward compatibility, i.e. allow old applications to run or to be recompiled with newer library versions.
The tool is developed by Andrey Ponomarenko. You can order additional reports for visualization of the ABI structure and high detailed binary compatibility analysis here: https://abi-laboratory.pro/
INSTALL:
sudo make install prefix=/usr
REQUIRES:
Perl 5
G++
GNU Binutils
Ctags
ABI Dumper (0.99.15 or newer)
USAGE (WITH ABI DUMPER):
1. Library should be compiled with "-g -Og" GCC options
to contain DWARF debug info
2. Create ABI dumps for both library versions
using the ABI Dumper (https://github.com/lvc/abi-dumper) tool:
abi-dumper OLD.so -o ABI-0.dump -lver 0
abi-dumper NEW.so -o ABI-1.dump -lver 1
3. You can filter public ABI with the help of
additional -public-headers option of the ABI Dumper tool.
4. Compare ABI dumps to create report:
abi-compliance-checker -l NAME -old ABI-0.dump -new ABI-1.dump
USAGE (ORIGINAL):
abi-compliance-checker -lib NAME -old OLD.xml -new NEW.xml
OLD.xml and NEW.xml are XML-descriptors:
<version>
1.0
</version>
<headers>
/path/to/headers/
</headers>
<libs>
/path/to/libraries/
</libs>
ADV. USAGE:
For advanced usage, see doc/index.html or output of -help option.