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Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 01:04:00 -0500
From: Rob Landley <>
Subject: Re: C++ ABI compatibility and musl-gcc

On 07/24/2013 06:21:41 PM, Rich Felker wrote:
> I've just committed the last of a series of changes that make it
> possible to load the glibc-built under musl. While it
> may look like a bit of ugliness, roughly half of the changes were
> needed anyway to lay the ground for future locale support; the
> long-term goal is to support customizable LC_TIME, LC_MONETARY,
> LC_COLLATE, and LC_MESSAGES, but I don't expect any of that to happen
> until after the 1.0 release.
> Anyway, back to musl-gcc. My hope was that supporting the glibc
> libstdc++ would make it possible to use musl-gcc to compile C++ code,
> which could in turn be useful for bootstrapping compilers written in
> C++ (gcc 4.8 or clang/LLVM). However, it seems the installed C++
> headers are also full of glibc-header-specific assumptions, so using
> musl-gcc for C++ is not as easy as I'd hoped it might be.
> I''ve already spent a great deal of time and effort onthis C++ ABI
> topic and would rather focus on release prep and other issues for a
> while now. But perhaps someone interested in this topic could do some
> research and see if the idea of using musl-gcc for C++ can be
> salvaged. Here are some possible approaches:
> 1. Figuring out what's wrong with the headers and working around it.
>    Or, in other words:
>    <chris2> lets write a musl-fixincludes :P
> 2. Determining if the C++ headers that result from building a
>    musl-targetted libstdc++ are clean and arch-agnostic, and if so,
>    just packaging them up in a tarball that users could download and
>    install.

If you're ever in Pittsburgh, I know the guy who wrote uClibc++.

The current one has a lot of gpl code copied from glibc (headers  
mostly, same as uClibc), and he stopped working on it when I dinged him  
about copying GPLv3 code into an attempted update and he didn't know  
how to proceed from there. (And was largely losing interest in hobby  
programming now that he has a programming day job; he did it while he  
was working the night shift managing a hotel.)

But if anybody knows "what's involved in implementing libstdc++", it  
would be somebody who did. :)


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