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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:37:52 -0200
From: Alba Pompeo <>
Subject: Re: musl & proprietary programs

chroot is a little better than dual-boot, but still very unfriendly
for a day-to-day usage of many proprietary tools.

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 1:25 PM, Рысь <> wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:27:06 +0200
> Timo Teras <> wrote:
>> 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".
>> /Timo
> I can also suggest building chroots from existing glibc distributions.
> For example, one can get full Slackware DVD, unpack it fully or
> partially and use the result root as chroot tree and put a program
> inside it. Though there is little help needed to define proper symlinks
> to unpacked shared objects. This can be achieved with simple script
> employing readelf or running glibc's ldconfig inside chroot.
> This method is IMO more cleaner when you want to run glibc programs
> completely unmodified. Missing virtual filesystems and locations with
> user data can be bind-mounted.
> --
> Power electronics made simple
> Unix and simple KISS C code

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