Re: [ANNOUNCE] Native POSIX Thread Library 0.1

From: Ingo Molnar (
Date: Fri Sep 20 2002 - 05:53:49 EST

On Fri, 20 Sep 2002, Adrian Bunk wrote:

> > Unless major flaws in the design are found this code is intended to
> > become the standard POSIX thread library on Linux system and it will
> > be included in the GNU C library distribution.
> >...
> > - - requires a kernel with the threading capabilities of Linux 2.5.36.
> >...
> My personal estimation is that Debian will support kernel 2.4 in it's
> stable distribution until 2006 or 2007 (this is based on the experience
> that Debian usually supports two stable kernel series and the time
> between stable releases of Debian is > 1 year). What is the proposed way
> for distributions to deal with this?

Ulrich will give a fuller reply i guess, but the new threading code in 2.5
does not disable (or in any way obsolete) the old glibc threading library.
So by doing boot-time kernel version checks glibc can decide whether it
wants to provide the new library or the old library.


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