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Re: GNU libc snapshots work again on the Hurd

   Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 22:29:20 +0100
   From: Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann@ruhr-uni-bochum.de>

   On Wed, Dec 02, 1998 at 09:42:48PM +0100, Mark Kettenis wrote:
   > * There is a problem with generating statically linked binaries.  You
   >   will need to patch you gcc specs file.  I use the patch at the end
   >   of this message for gcc 2.8.1.  Remeber to backup your specs file.
   >   We intend to provide a better solution for the problem in the future
   >   which does not need this patch.

   I will add this patch to the Debian package of egcs 2.91.60. Could you
   outline what the problem indeed is, and why you would need a change to the
   specs file now and not later? I take it that this is only a temporary

Right now you need a special start file (crt0.o) for creating
statically linked binaries.  Since the Hurd bootstrap program
(serverbooot) and the bootstrap filesystem (ext2fs.static or
ufs.static) are statically linked, this is quite essential.
I made this ``fix'' because at the time I really wanted to get things
working again, but didn't understand all details of the Hurd startup
code.  We plan to do it right, and I'm planning to do it when I start
integrating my pthreads code into libc since I'll have to mess with
the startup code then anyway.


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