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Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 19:30:38 -0400
From: Gregor Richards <>
CC: Isaac Dunham <>
Subject: Re: Draft: musl promo materials

On 07/14/2012 07:06 PM, Isaac Dunham wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:45:40 -0700
> Charlie Kester <> wrote:
>> It would be good to include a list of apps that have been
>> successfully compiled with musl.  No need to list every such app,
>> just some representative ones that will help dispel any fears about
>> the library's ability to replace glibc in the most common uses.
> Somehow, listing compatible applications in PR does not
> sound very encouraging, until you can run the really huge
> suites/applications (I'm thinking of glibc-linked NVIDIA + Xorg, as was
> recently done with a patched version of musl, Google Earth, or
> native-built OpenOffice, Firefox/Chromium, the GIMP, Wine, Java, Mesa,
> GNOME, KDE, maybe Xfce, R, GRASS, BRL-CAD, FreeCAD, TeX, GDAL...the
> list isn't exclusive or a recommendation of the software, but it
> should give an idea of the scale I'm talking about). If you say "can
> run GCC 4.7, PHP, Xfbdev, Xfce 4.10, SDL, Tomoyo and grsec" (Xfce is in
> Snowflake, the rest are the big names from sabotage), that sure seems
> to reinforce the impression you're concerned about by virtue of
> omission.
> I'd prefer to see a link to "further information and compatability" or
> some such thing.
> Isaac Dunham
GIMP and XFCE work. I'm working on Firefox, but I believe it currently 
hits a bug in musl's dlopen, so I'm waiting on that fix. It compiles, it 
just doesn't launch (hyuk). I routinely run the complete pkgsrc suite 
through musl to see what works; the current test is ongoing, but here's 
the results of the most recent one, which unfortunately suffered from 
some bugs in my setup and so has some false build failures:

Tried 10444, depfail 4489, depok 5955, nobuild 2454, testfail 336, 
success 3165 (53.1486%). Breakdown: . MVD:

(Tried = packages attempted, depfail = deps failed to build, nobuild = 
didn't build, testfail = built but tests failed, success = all tests 
passed, percentage is out of depok, MVD = most valuable dependencies, of 
which I have since fixed security/p5-Crypt-Rijndael and textproc/xmlrpc-c )

I suppose I'll post the results of the latest run on the mailing list 
once it's done. I've mainly stuck to the IRC channel.

With valediction,
  - Gregor Richards

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