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8.4 Backward Compatibility

For backward compatibility as well as to provide a practical backdoor for hackers, ASDF will first search for .asd files in the directories specified in asdf:*central-registry* before it searches in the source registry above.

See Configuring ASDF to find your systems — old style.

By default, asdf:*central-registry* will be empty.

This old mechanism will therefore not affect you if you don’t use it, but will take precedence over the new mechanism if you do use it.