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Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:06:20 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: getauxval availability

On Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 08:43:54AM -0500, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> We use getauxval on Linux when available to determine cpu caps. For
> Glibc the code looks like (
> #if (((__GLIBC__ * 100) + __GLIBC_MINOR__) >= 216)
> #endif
> I need a similar test for musl. It looks like the function was added
> at I
> don't see how to map a commit to a release for the web front-end musl
> uses.
> The release page indicates it should be available with musl-1.0.1,
> which was released April 16 2014
> ( But I am not sure about the
> musl release process, and what is included in a release tarball.
> What is the first release of musl that contains 21ada94c4b8c ?

The right way to do this is probing for the existence via a configure
check or equivalent, not hard-coding specific library versions
believed to have the interface. On both glibc and musl (and other
software ppl try to do hardcode-the-version hacks with, like Linu
kernel), distros and individual users backport important things so
that there is no reliable answer.

I realize this is something of a pain for programmers who don't make
use of any configure-like system at build time, and there is a long
term plan to have a cross-libc system for macros announcing the
availability of nonstandard functionality so that you can just do
#ifdef at the source level rather than needing to do something at
configure time, analogous to how the POSIX macros in unistd.h work.


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