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Re: upgrading glibc on Debian ?

On Wed, May 14, 2003 at 05:14:24PM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-05-14 at 15:37, David Z Maze wrote:
> > But compiling the C library, which really every program on your system
> > depends upon at least indirectly, is hairy, if you screw it up your
> > system will be unusable, and convincing programs to use a random
> > installation of it can be tricky.  Why do you think you want to do
> > this?  Do you think it will be easier than upgrading to Debian testing
> > or unstable, with the associated pitfalls?
> How hazardous or full of dependancies would this be:
>   # CC=gcc-3.2
>   # CFLAGS='-Wall -O2 -march=athlon'
>   # apt-get --compile source libc6='2.3.1-16'
>   # dpkg -i <.....>

Still a considerable pain. Consider why libdb1-compat exists, just as
one example ...

David's right. Why not just upgrade the whole distribution? At least
then you'd be running a combination of software that other people have
tested to at least some extent, rather than being a guinea-pig all by

Furthermore, the reason why most people want to upgrade libc6 is to
install packages that depend on newer versions of it. In that case,
building a newer glibc from source is exactly the wrong answer; you
should build the packages in question from source instead.


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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