[klibc] klibc and what's the next step?

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Tue Jul 11 11:03:01 PDT 2006

Olaf Hering wrote:
> There is always some sort of prereq when new features get added.
> Documentation/Changes has a long list. Some setup need more updates,
> some need fewer updates. No idea what your experience is.
> Old klibc was trivial to build (modulo that kernel header mess), and I
> expect that kinit handles old kernels.

One more thing on this subject... "modulo that kernel header mess" is 
just as much a reflection of the fact that the Linux ABI really isn't 
particularly stable.  glibc contains a huge amount of code to deal with 
different kernel versions.  klibc will not be doing this; in general old 
klibcs should continue to work (but may not compile against a newer 
kernel), but a newer klibc may not work on an older kernel.


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