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I byte-compile my ~/.emacs.d/init.el. It was done by Emacs 26.1 from Cygwin and I got error when load emacs-nox 25.2 from Debian WSL:

error: Invalid byte opcode: op=183, ptr=2

Were new opcodes introduced into Emacs byte code starting from v26? For what purpose?

I have no issues to load byte compiled files between v22-v25...

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    Pretty much every major Emacs release breaks forward compatibility for .elc files, either by introducing new byte-codes (or macros whose expansion uses new functions). If you were able to use Emacs-25-compiled files under Emacs-22 you were just lucky. – Stefan Oct 15 '18 at 12:32
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From NEWS:

* Incompatible Lisp Changes in Emacs 26.1
[...]
** Certain cond/pcase/cl-case forms are now compiled using a faster jump
table implementation.  This uses a new bytecode op 'switch', which
isn't compatible with previous Emacs versions.  This functionality can
be disabled by setting 'byte-compile-cond-use-jump-table' to nil.

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