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Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:51:43 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Compiling latest busybox with latest musl

On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 at 10:30:32PM +0200, Tim Tassonis wrote:
> Hi
> Firstly, thanks for musl. I chose it to create fully-working statically
> linked binaries for a system without any glibc stuff on it and did not
> want to create a whole toolchain first, as required with uClibc.
> When I wanted to create s statically linked busybox (1.22.1), I looked
> in the wiki and found the page:
> This put me off a bit, as I did not want to modify my kernel headers
> just to compile a static busybox.

In order to compile Busybox (at least the applets that need kernel
headers), you have to have a copy of the kernel headers in your musl
include path anyway; if the host system is glibc-based, /usr/include
will not be used. So this isn't as big a burden as it sounds like.
You're not modifying "your kernel headers" but just the copy installed
with musl. This does not need root.


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