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Looks like a potentially large change. It depends on the language/platform, but if you're using Java and you've added a checked exception, then your clients may not even be able to compile their code against your library without changes. Regardless of compilation issues, your library has a potential change in behaviour affecting the using code, and your ...


You can use the platform library to run different commands based on which OS flavor and/or version it's running under.


I've had a similar, but simpler, situation with a C program running on different linux distros, and using maybe half a dozen command-line tools. What I did was write C functions char *whichpath(char *command), and similarly for locatepath(). The which version just does popen("which command","r") and reads the pipe, simply letting which find the (path to the) ...

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