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Date: Wed, 27 May 2020 11:57:35 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
To: Alexander Scherbatiy <>
Subject: Re: musl libc version

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 06:44:38PM +0300, Alexander Scherbatiy wrote:
> Hello,
> Using glibc it is possible to get GNU C library version using
> confstr() function and _CS_GNU_LIBC_VERSION constant.
> In musl the confstr() returns EINVAL for _CS_GNU_LIBC_VERSION.
> Is there a way to get libc version in musl?

Can you describe what you're trying to achieve with a version number?
musl specifically doesn't publish version numbers via macros or
runtime interfaces because they're a poor proxy for checking for the
particular feature/property/whatever you care about. For instance,
distros may backport the thing you want to an older version, and even
if not, you end up hard-coding knowledge about particular libcs that
quickly bitrots rather than making something robust and future-proof.

With that said, ability to test for some things is presently
inadequate, and there's a proposal I've made (based on previous
discussions with others) on libc-coord to improve this in a cross-libc

If you have input into what kinds of things you need to be able to
test for it would be very helpful.


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