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Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:14:12 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Cc: John Mudd <>
Subject: Re: Build on linux 2.6 and run on linux 2.4?

On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 04:58:49PM -0400, John Mudd wrote:
> Probably a dumb question. Is part of the value of musl that I can build an
> app using musl on linux 2.6 and then run the binary on linux 2.4?

The version of Linux you build on has no bearing on the binary that
comes out, so that's not a problem.

However, Linux 2.4 is not officially supported since it lacks a lot of
functionality needed to provide a modern POSIX conforming environment.
The most notable is that it can't do threads. If you're ok with that,
the other problems might be small enough that you don't mind. I
remember some people in Freenode #musl trying out 2.4 recently and
finding that a few of the busybox applets didn't work right, though,
due to missing statfs64 syscall.

This page has details on which kernel versions added which syscalls:

so it may be helpful in evaluating if there's anything critical you'd
be missing. If a syscall has two versions, one with "64" on the end,
musl needs the one that ends in "64".

This is definitely a topic we could attempt to document better if more
people are interested in trying to use 2.4.


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