Re: Horrible things with 1.3.78

David Engel (
Tue, 2 Apr 1996 09:09:31 -0600 (CST)

> > Will libc force users to run a certain kernel?
> No.

Right. I've been doing it this way for ~6 months now.

> > Are there any packages which expect the libc header
> > files to match the running kernel?
> Not that I know of.
> Of course, well-written software must realize that the
> kernel at run-time may differ from the includes at compile-time,
> and be prepared to handle an EINVAL error return for some ioctl
> that was known to the includes but not to the running kernel.

Right, again. Though it might not hurt to recommend that users run a
kernel later than the compile time headers.

> > I think I may be able to do that if we can work out how
> > to choose which the recent kernel we should get the
> > header file from.
> I think that is up to you. And it does not matter at all
> whether the kernel is stable. We only need the header files
> to be correct.

Perhaps the folks on the linux-kernel list, or Linus himself, could
recommend one.


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