klibc only initramfs

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Sun Feb 28 18:26:48 UTC 2010

On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 12:05:03PM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> Don't know, but I'm not sure that's a very good idea. The library
> reduction as implemented by mklibs is a bit of a kludge IMO, which seems
> to fail every so often for one of our architectures, because that
> architecture's ABI uses some obscure ELF feature or other that the
> mklibs authors didn't know about, or mklibs missed a symbol dependency,
> or something else.

> This is not really a big deal in the case of d-i, since first, when
> things fail, they fail for everyone who uses the same image, and second,
> if the installer fails, you just can't install using the broken image,
> but you can still use the system that's already installed (if any), or
> fall back to a different install image. Both are not true for initramfs
> generation.

You could obviously just fall back to using the full .so in the case of
initramfs generation.

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