[tex-live] linux 2.4 binaries

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Fri Jul 6 09:30:30 CEST 2007

Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Fre, 06 Jul 2007, Joachim Schrod wrote:
>>> Unless such a machine materializes, we will be forced to move on to
>>> Linux 2.6 in 2008 :).
>> I have several 2.4 systems, we can surely arrange something.
> Me too, no need to think about it now. I can even compile a dump kernel
> for my machine and compile it there.

That won't work. The "linux 2.4" phrase is jus a shortcut for "an
installation of a five year old linux distribution".

> If it is only the libs I can trivially install an etch or sarge chroot
> and build it there. That should be definitely enough.

There are some less obvious issues. The most important problem is not
the common libraries like libc and libm (even though the new system
of having incompatible version flagged by minor number is a pain),
but the more system-specific stuff like linux-gate.so and libgcc_s.so.
Perhaps you can get rid of those items with some gcc commandline
option, I don't know. Otherwise, you have to install older versions of
gcc and binutils as well, and at that point, a complete old distro is
much easier to handle.


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