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Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:54:16 -0400
From: Jeffrey Walton <>
Cc: Chris Hall <>
Subject: Re: Detecting musl at compile and/or configure time

On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 8:29 AM Samuel Holland <> wrote:
> On 6/30/19 7:03 AM, Chris Hall wrote:
> > I have a little build system which tries to detect the "usual suspects"
> > automatically, even without a full configure/cmake/etc. step.  If the detection
> > process fails, it generates a warning and the user must (at least) add a '-Dxxx'
> > to suppress that.
> >
> > I confess I have only recently stumbled across musl.  Perhaps systems which
> > default to musl are so rare that I can, as a practical matter, ignore them ?
> > The question then is whether to add a '-DqLIB_MUSL' gizmo to my build stuff --
> > so that "musl-gcc -DqLIB_MUSL" will do the trick.
> The fundamental problem with that is that you're not really checking for musl.
> You're checking for "the supported version (and options) of POSIX", "the
> supported version of the Linux UAPI", and "the set of extensions currently
> supported by musl", which all change over time. And some of them depend on who's
> distributing musl, as they may add their own customizations.

Or perhaps crafting workarounds for a buggy versions of musl. For
example, .


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