[zeromq-dev] Compatibility 3.1 - 3.2.1-rc2

Martin Hurton hurtonm at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 13:12:55 CET 2012


> Asserts are made to check for clear incoherent behavior in a library.
> Something that just could not happen if the library is coded properly. They
> should check for things like function pre/post conditions. They are for
> library developers, not end users!
> A change in the wire format causing an assert is just not the proper way to
> handle the problem, since this is completely unrecoverable on the library
> user side.
>
> This may be generalized to the fact that asserts should not be used for
> anything exterior to the library (such as the wire protocol). For instance,
> in a file management library, you don't want an assert to be triggered if
> there is no space left on the device: you want an error code! I cannot
> afford my whole program to crash, just because the broker on the other side
> was updated.

Which assertion fails in this case? In which version of lib?

- Martin



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