Version

Cairo has a three-part version number scheme. In this scheme, we use even vs. odd numbers to distinguish fixed points in the software vs. in-progress development, (such as from git instead of a tar file, or as a "snapshot" tar file as opposed to a "release" tar file).

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Here are a few examples of versions that one might see.

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Compatibility

The API/ABI compatibility guarantees for various versions are as follows. First, let's assume some cairo-using application code that is successfully using the API/ABI "from" one version of cairo. Then let's ask the question whether this same code can be moved "to" the API/ABI of another version of cairo.

Moving from a release to any later version (release, snapshot, development) is always guaranteed to provide compatibility.

Moving from a snapshot to any later version is not guaranteed to provide compatibility, since snapshots may introduce new API that ends up being removed before the next release.

Moving from an in-development version (odd micro component) to any later version is not guaranteed to provide compatibility. In fact, there's not even a guarantee that the code will even continue to work with the same in-development version number. This is because these numbers don't correspond to any fixed state of the software, but rather the many states between snapshots and releases.

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Examining the version

Cairo provides the ability to examine the version at either compile-time or run-time and in both a human-readable form as well as an encoded form suitable for direct comparison. Cairo also provides the macro CAIRO_VERSION_ENCODE() to perform the encoding.

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For example, checking that the cairo version is greater than or equal to 1.0.0 could be achieved at compile-time or run-time as follows:

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Static functions

cairoVersion
int cairoVersion()

Returns the version of the cairo library encoded in a single integer as per CAIRO_VERSION_ENCODE. The encoding ensures that later versions compare greater than earlier versions. A run-time comparison to check that cairo's version is greater than

cairoVersionString
string cairoVersionString()

Returns the version of the cairo library as a human-readable string of the form "X.Y.Z". See also cairo_version() as well as the compile-time equivalents CAIRO_VERSION_STRING and CAIRO_VERSION.

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