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[Bug default/18838] New: Normalize the output of abidw


            Bug ID: 18838
           Summary: Normalize the output of abidw
           Product: libabigail
           Version: unspecified
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: default
          Assignee: dodji at redhat dot com
          Reporter: dodji at redhat dot com
                CC: libabigail at sourceware dot org
  Target Milestone: ---

Normalize the native XML representation of ABIs that libabigail emits (what
abidw emits, basically) so that two binaries with the same ABI always (mostly)
end-up having the same ABI XML.

This means basically reasonably sorting decls in their contexts, normalizing
spaces (okay this is already done by the XML emitted), and things like that.

Also, maybe we should start emitting versions of the ABI XML format ...

This is important for upstream projects willing to store ABI XML as ABI
baselines, so that they can review baseline changes by looking at diffs of the

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