This directory contains the version 2.6.1 release of the GNU C Library.
The GNU C Library is the standard system C library for all GNU systems,
and is an important part of what makes up a GNU system. It provides the
system API for all programs written in C and C-compatible languages such
as C++ and Objective C; the runtime facilities of other programming
languages use the C library to access the underlying operating system.
In GNU/Linux systems, the C library works with the Linux kernel to
implement the operating system behavior seen by user applications.
In GNU/Hurd systems, it works with a microkernel and Hurd servers.
The GNU C Library implements much of the POSIX.1 functionality in the
GNU/Hurd system, using configurations i86-*-gnu.
When working with Linux kernels, the GNU C Library version 2.4 is
intended primarily for use with Linux kernel version 2.6.0 and later.
We only support using the NPTL implementation of pthreads, which is now
the default configuration. Most of the C library will continue to work
on older Linux kernels and many programs will not require a 2.6 kernel
to run correctly. However, pthreads and related functionality will not
work at all on old kernels and we do not recommend using glibc 2.4 with
any Linux kernel prior to 2.6.
All Linux kernel versions prior to 2.6.16 are known to have some bugs that
may cause some of the tests related to pthreads in "make check" to fail.
If you see such problems, please try the test suite on the most recent
Linux kernel version that you can use, before pursuing those bugs further.
The old LinuxThreads add-on implementation of pthreads for older Linux
kernels is no longer supported, and we are not distributing it with this
release. Someone has volunteered to revive its maintenance unofficially
for at least a short time for the benefit of those using Linux kernels
older than 2.6, but a working version is not presently available. When
it is in working condition, we will make it available alongside future
glibc releases. LinuxThreads will not be supported.
The GNU C Library supports these configurations for using Linux kernels:
alpha*-*-linux-gnu Requires Linux 2.6.9 for NPTL
sh-*-linux-gnu Requires Linux 2.6.11
The code for other CPU configurations supported by volunteers outside of
the core glibc maintenance effort is contained in the separate `ports'
add-on. You can find glibc-ports-2.6.1 distributed separately in the
same place where you got the main glibc distribution files.
Currently these configurations are known to work using the `ports' add-on:
arm-*-linux-gnu Requires Linux 2.6.15 for NPTL, no SMP support
arm-*-linux-gnueabi Requires Linux 2.6.16-rc1 for NPTL, no SMP
mips-*-linux-gnu Requires Linux 2.6.12 for NPTL
mips64-*-linux-gnu Requires Linux 2.6.12 for NPTL
The ports distribution also contains code for other configurations that
do not work or have not been maintained recently, but will be of use to
anyone trying to make a new configuration work. If you are interested
in doing a port, please contact the glibc maintainers; see
http://www.gnu.org/software/libc/ for more information.
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found in the `manual/' subdirectory. The manual is still being updated
and contains some known errors and omissions; we regret that we do not
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corrections to the manual, please file a bug in the `manual' component,
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