Version in glibc

Ken Moffat ken at
Wed Nov 12 12:02:32 PST 2008

 For a long time, distros have patched glibc to show the distro's
details when you run /lib/ - this is typically encountered
when people report a bug to the kernel list and run scripts/ver_linux
from the kernel tree.

 Now that glibc no longer has official releases, we are just using a
weekly snapshot which happens to work well (at least, as far as test
results are concerned).

 I've applied the following patch to my glibc:

--- glibc-2.8-20080929/version.h.orig	2008-11-05 03:42:01.000000000 +0000
+++ glibc-2.8-20080929/version.h	2008-11-05 03:42:22.000000000 +0000
@@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
 /* This file just defines the current version number of libc.  */
 #define RELEASE "stable"
-#define VERSION "2.8"
+#define VERSION "2.8-20080929-LFS"

 which gives the following from
GNU C Library stable release version 2.8-20080929-LFS, by Roland
McGrath et al.
Copyright (C) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
Compiled by GNU CC version 4.3.2.
Compiled on a Linux system on 2008-11-12.
Available extensions:
	crypt add-on version 2.1 by Michael Glad and others
	GNU Libidn by Simon Josefsson
	Native POSIX Threads Library by Ulrich Drepper et al
For bug reporting instructions, please see:

and the following from ver_linux:
Linux ac30 #1 Sun Nov 9 19:53:29 GMT 2008 i686 athlon-4
i386 GNU/Linux
Gnu C                  4.3.2
Gnu make               3.81
binutils               2.18
util-linux             2.14.1
mount                  support
module-init-tools      3.4.1
e2fsprogs              1.41.3
Linux C Library        2.8-20080929-LFS
Dynamic linker (ldd)   2.8-20080929-LFS
Linux C++ Library      6.0.10
Procps                 3.2.7
Kbd                    1.14.1
Sh-utils               6.12
Modules Loaded         via_velocity crc_ccitt

 Is there any interest in doing something like this ?

das eine Mal als Tragödie, das andere Mal als Farce

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