Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:14:13 -0500 From: Rob Landley <rob@...dley.net> To: musl@...ts.openwall.com Cc: musl@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: vfprintf.c:(.text+0xc6c): undefined reference to `__signbitl' On 04/08/2013 03:41:28 PM, meres5@...ha.tmit.bme.hu wrote: > Also Linux dropped the concept of static linking in practivce. > Goodby kiss to No it didn't. Ulrich Drepper, the ex-glibc maintainer, had a personal grudge against static linking. But the community did one of this gcc->egcs things and abandoned glibc in droves for eglibc until Ulrich bogged off to The Bank of Evil (Goldman Sachs), and now less crazy people are in charge of glibc. It's going to take a while for the damage to work its way through, and in the meantime smartphones are replacing the PC and kicking it up into the server space like minicomputers and mainframes before it. (This time the marketing people are calling this process "the cloud" and trying to make "big iron is still lucrative" sound exciting.) So far the smartphone has no use for glibc (android forbids GPL code in userspace, and since the GPLv2/GPLv3 split means there's no "the GPL" anymore to the point Linux and Samba can't share code desite implementing two ends of the same protocol, nobody's fighting very hard on behalf of the fragmented rubble of copyleft). Some of us are trying to position musl as an upgrade/replacement to bionic. That targets a niche with a billion deployed seats and 4x growth potential, as opposed to a niche with 300 million deployed seats (most of which are windows) that's already peaked. So don't write of static linking just yet. :) Rob
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