Should binary-only SW be written against glibc ?

Burchard Steinbild bs at
Fri Aug 28 07:17:28 PDT 1998


On Fri, 28 Aug 1998, Davide Bolcioni wrote:

> Hi everybody,
>   first linux list with no new messages for one day, so I thought I'd
> submit one. I am not an active Linux developer, but have been observing
> for some time (administering part time also). The question is in the
> subject: maybe developers wishing to distribute binary-only applications
> should be encouraged to write against a library whose evolution is not
> as fast as the evolution of glibc.

There was a decission in lsb a while ago, but since lsb is reseted, it has
to be discussed again.

The plans were to make a libc with a special so name (e.g.
libc.lsb.1.).  This libc.lsb was meant to be a special glibc version.

So distribution vendors don't have to stay with the library for years, but
software from ISV can live longer than one summer :)

I still believe, this should be done this way.


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