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Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 23:39:43 +0800
From: orc <>
Subject: Re: Progress on roadmap to 0.9.13

On Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:39:13 +0300
Timo Teras <> wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Aug 2013 03:59:12 -0400
> Rich Felker <> wrote:
> > One key target for 0.9.13 which I didn't cover above is improving
> > "make install" and possibly tweaking the symlink strategy for
> > and At several times in the past, I was fairly
> > convinced that it makes more sense to reverse the symlink direction
> > and have point to rather than the other way
> > around. However, I keep going back to doubting that there's any
> > good reason for it to change. So if there are people who still care
> > about this issue, I'd really like to hear you speak up _now_ rather
> > than 2 days before the next release, or after the next release. If
> > there's no progress on justifying changes, I think the only changes
> > I'm going to make in this area are to fix lack-of-atomicity issues
> > during installation.
> Sorry for late answer.
> IIRC the advantages were:
> - Easier to install different subarch (even compatible arch versions)
>   side by side. As names are unique - is same for all so
>   those would need to be renamed anyway.
> - and libc.a can go to /usr/lib if is just an
>   optional symlink. this is desirable as the development stuff are not
>   nice to keep in /lib.
> So I would at least like to have the symlink direction changed.
> Or alternatively have something like:
>   /lib/<abiver>
>   /lib/ld-musl-<arch>.so.1 -><abiver
>   /usr/lib/ -> /lib/<abiver>
>   /usr/lib/libc.a
> Allowing of course /usr/lib to be a toolchain specific prefix.
> - Timo

I generally don't like the idea of symlink change, but if it will go, I
will not argue. But, how existing installs will resolve that change
in one pass during install? Do I need static busybox to manually
replace symlink?
I even suggest making a hard link between them, so no symlink issue
will be there :)
It requires a bit more work without benefit. Point me please to
benefits page/mail, because I lost in my imap cache.

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