[klibc] a list of which kernel versions work with klibc

Phil Howard kunnskaperen at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 18:16:52 PDT 2010

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM, Gilles Espinasse <g.esp at free.fr> wrote:
> ----- "Phil Howard" <kunnskaperen at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> Is there a list of which kernel versions (are supposed to) work with
>> (each version of) klibc?
> 1.5.15 work with 2.6.27.x
> http://ipcop.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/ipcop/ipcop/trunk/lfs/klibc?revision=3106&view=markup

I took a look at the combination of 1.5.15 and deeper.  I
ran the build under strace.  When it got to invoking gcc to compile
usr/klibc/vsnprintf.c it failed to find the header "linux/limits.h".

See line 815 in:

I ran this build under strace to see more detail what was happening.
It was revealing.

See line 14710 in:

(or search for string "29317 12:49:46.285925 execve" to find it if
string searching is easier)

This gcc command has ain incorrect -I argument.  In the argument
"-I/home/root/klibc-project-0/header-" the slash is
missing before "include".  It should have been
"-I/home/root/klibc-project-0/header-".  This is a
definite culprit because it is the only way to find "include/limits.h"
in the nearby installed headers.

So I changed my script to append an extra "/" at the end of the
headers path.  It now builds completely (though a few new warnings I
hadn't seen before ... maybe I'll get around to investigating those

The instructions posted earlier on this list to my first query, that
said to use KLIBCKERNELSRC= and point to the installed headers needs
to say to also include a trailing "/".  Newer Klibc versions don't
have this issue, so it's now more informational (to be given as advice
for building older versions ... no need to say this in a newer version
release since I presume the needed "/" is now in the Makefile where it
needs to be).

I'm going back to building some other versions this way to see what
happens.  Since Unix treats "//" as "/" inside a path, I should be OK
to leave that extra "/" in my script even for newer versions of Klibc
so I will not bother adding a version check for that.

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