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Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2020 17:15:13 +0100
From: Szabolcs Nagy <>
Subject: Re: getauxval availability

* Jeffrey Walton <> [2020-02-16 08:43:54 -0500]:
> We use getauxval on Linux when available to determine cpu caps. For
> Glibc the code looks like (
> #if (((__GLIBC__ * 100) + __GLIBC_MINOR__) >= 216)
> #endif

this is not reliable.

> 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.

you can use a compile or link time check e.g.

#include <sys/auxv.h>
unsigned long (*p)(unsigned long) = getauxval;
int main() {return p(0);}

or assume that it's available and let the user
manually disable it if not.

> 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 ?

$ git describe --tags 21ada94c4b8c

i.e. it's 20 commits after the v1.0.0 release tag
so anything after that should have it.

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