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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:27:06 +0200
From: Timo Teras <>
To: Alba Pompeo <>
Subject: Re: musl & proprietary programs

On Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:23:08 -0200
Alba Pompeo <> wrote:

> As a user, my main issue with musl by far is the lack of ability to
> run proprietary programs. Almost all software I need for work is
> proprietary and I currently have to dual boot other operating system
> just to run it, because there is no musl binary.
> Is there any strategy to get musl to be more useful on proprietary
> environments? Either partnerships with some companies to spread musl
> or a compatibility mode that you can use when needed? This would be of
> great help for those that unfortunately aren't on the ideal world
> where every tool has the source available for you to compile.

Musl works with surprisingly many proprietary programs. Could you
explain more the problem you have?

Though, you you do have to have symlinks for the glibc style library
names for things to work.

In Alpine Linux these comes with "apk add libc6-compat".


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