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Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 07:50:46 -0700
From: Isaac Dunham <>
Subject: Re: Compatability: dlinfo needed for kerberos

On Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:24:06 -0400
Rich Felker <> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 06:35:42AM -0700, Isaac Dunham wrote:
> > MIT Kerberos 5 1.10.2 and OpenSSL want dlinfo; while OpenSSL
> > supports systems without dlinfo, Kerberos requires it on any
> > non-Windows systems (Windows has an equivalent API).
> > AFAICT the file that it occurs in must be built.
(As noted by orc, it isn't strictly dlinfo that openssl needs, but
dladdr; all the musl distros have a patch to disable this)
> Have you looked into what it's used for? I'm not 100% rejecting it at
> this time, but I really dislike the dlinfo interface. It exposes a lot
> of internals that applications should not be inspecting and seems to
> require us to keep around extra bloated data structures that are not
> otherwise needed.
Here, the function name says it all:
It occurs in src/util/verto/module.c in Kerberos 5 1.10.2. 
I may email the Kerberos ml to inquire about this...

Isaac Dunham

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