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Re: linux-kernel-headers foul-up

On Mon, 3 Nov 2003 17:03:30 +0000,
Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 03, 2003 at 09:52:16PM +0800, csj wrote:
> > What precisely does this package do?  It's listed as a dependency
> > of the latest libc6 packages (which I made the mistake of
> > compiling then installing).
> It includes the files in /usr/include/linux and
> /usr/include/asm which used to be part of libc6-dev. This is
> simply a packaging reorganization.

Well, before the reorganization, I had an easy job recompiling
mplayer and friends.

> > The package appears to introduce massive breakage when
> > compiling any program that links to some kernel function
> > (e.g. mplayer and xawtv doing framebuffer video).
> Programs written that way always had a sword of potential
> breakage hanging over them. The standard way to deal with this
> at the moment, suboptimal though it is, is to copy the header
> files you need from the kernel and include them in your own
> package; that way you're safe from changes to glibc.

IMHO a better way would be to have linux-kernel-headers as a
virtual package supplied by linux-kernel-headers-2.4,
linux-kernel-headers-2.2 and linux-kernel-headers-2.6.

> > I'm a bit suspicious of the version number:
> > 2.5.999-test7-bk-6.
> The move to 2.6 headers was necessary in order to support NPTL
> in glibc.

What's that?

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