[lsb-discuss] LSB 5.0 Beta 2

Jeff Licquia licquia at linuxfoundation.org
Thu Mar 20 16:32:23 UTC 2014

The LSB workgroup is happy to announce the availability of LSB 5.0 Beta 2.

Please note that the specification is not yet final and changes are
likely to be made before final release.

We are calling for testers to test their applications and distributions
against this release.  Please try out the beta, and report any bugs to
the lsb-discuss mailing list or to our bug tracker.

lsb-discuss: http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/lsb-discuss

LSB bug tracker: https://lsbbugs.linuxfoundation.org/

For a complete list of changes from LSB 4.1, please see the LSB
Statistics page here:


Look for the "5.0" entries.

Getting LSB 5.0 Beta 2

The specification is here:


Note that we intend to release both LSB 5.0 and the Filesystem Hierarchy
Standard (FHS) 3.0 at the same time, so both specs listed here are relevant.

Downloads for the Application Checker for LSB 5.0 are here:


The versions with "-local" in the name can be installed and run by
non-root users; those without "-local" are intended to be installed at a
system level, and require root access.  Instructions for using the LSB
Application Checker are here:


Downloads for the Distribution Checker for LSB 5.0 are here:


To run the LSB 5.0 tests, go to "Custom Tests", click "Refresh List",
and then select the "Standard" drop-down.  LSB 5.0 should be an option
in that list.  Select the tests you wish to run, and click "Run Selected

Note that the Distribution Checker itself has not changed; if you have a
current version, you do not need to download the beta from the above
link.  Simply follow the above directions without reinstalling the
Distribution Checker.

To test the SDK, simply download and use the current stable SDK,
available from here:


It contains support (turned off by default) for LSB 5.0.  To use it, set
the environment variable "LSBCC_LSBVERSION" to "5.0" before building.
To revert back to normal usage, unset the environment variable.

Known Issues

There are a number of known bugs in LSB 5.0.  For a complete list, see
the following rollup bug:


Some of the most prominent issues:

 - The tests for the S390 and S390X are not built yet; these will be
made available as their builds complete.

 - The 'libstdcpp-test' test suite (reported in Dist Checker as
"Libstdc++ Tests") is having trouble building on some architectures.
Snapshots are available from within Dist Checker, but they may be out of

 - The portion of the standard covering GTK+ 3 is still preliminary,
with a number of issues still to be fixed.

Jeff Licquia
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