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Re: How to build subversion to run and various Linux systems?

From: Nick Patavalis <npat_at_efault.net>
Date: 2004-08-11 22:41:15 CEST

On 2004-08-11, Olaf Hering <olh@suse.de> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 11, Nick Patavalis wrote:
>> If a binary is statically linked it requires *no* libraries. Any
> svn is a network app, it wants to resolve one or another hostname
> (or user) sooner or later. You will lose with a static app.

I have to admit that you are absolutely right. As Marc Haisenko
pointed out---in a private message---since glibc-2.1.x even binaries
that are supposed to be statically linked, *do* try to dynamically
load "libnss.so" (the NSS library, of the /etc/nsswitch.conf fame). In
order to build a "truly static" binary, that uses the services of
libnss, a complicated dance is required that involves building a
customly configured glibc. Even then, it seems to be questionable
whether the result will really work. So practically, for applications
that use NSS services, either the target system must have a compatible
"libnss.so", or you forget the possibility of statically linking.

Sorry if I caused too much confusion

P.S: I *have* to sign with this :)

... I've been continually disgusted by how _little_ people use
their brain, especially when it comes to glibc issues.
  -- Linus Torvalds, LKML, 1998/10/23 
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