Change to glibc build instructions -- RFC

Thomas Beneke thomas.beneke at
Tue Jul 27 07:31:39 PDT 2004

Kevin P. Fleming wrote:
> Thomas Beneke wrote:
>> If you use "-enable-kernel=2.6.0" you will never be able to use 
>> precompiled software like plugins for mozilla, staroffice or Oracle.
> That is not correct. --enable-kernel does not affect the application 
> API/ABI at all, it only affects the interface between glibc and the kernel.
> --enable-oldest-abi could have the effect you are referring to. If you 
> build glibc with --enable-oldest-abi=2.3, for example, then you would 
> not be able to run any binaries that had been linked against glibc 2.2 
> or older. However, we are not proposing adding that to the book.

You compile glibc with (kernel-)features you will never have in binaries 
compiled on older kernel versions.


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