5.7. Glibc-2.16.0

The Glibc package contains the main C library. This library provides the basic routines for allocating memory, searching directories, opening and closing files, reading and writing files, string handling, pattern matching, arithmetic, and so on.

Approximate build time: 5.4 SBU
Required disk space: 554 MB

5.7.1. Installation of Glibc

The Glibc documentation recommends building Glibc outside of the source directory in a dedicated build directory:

mkdir -v ../glibc-build
cd ../glibc-build

Fix an issue when building Glibc-2.16.0 with GCC-4.7.1:

sed -i 's/ -lgcc_s//' ../glibc-2.16.0/Makeconfig

Next, prepare Glibc for compilation:

../glibc-2.16.0/configure                             \
      --prefix=/tools                                 \
      --host=$LFS_TGT                                 \
      --build=$(../glibc-2.16.0/scripts/config.guess) \
      --disable-profile                               \
      --enable-add-ons                                \
      --enable-kernel=2.6.25                          \
      --with-headers=/tools/include                   \
      libc_cv_forced_unwind=yes                       \
      libc_cv_ctors_header=yes                        \

The meaning of the configure options:

--host=$LFS_TGT, --build=$(../glibc-2.16.0/scripts/config.guess)

The combined effect of these switches is that Glibc's build system configures itself to cross-compile, using the cross-linker and cross-compiler in /tools.


This builds the libraries without profiling information. Omit this option if profiling on the temporary tools is necessary.


This tells Glibc to use the NPTL add-on as its threading library.


This tells Glibc to compile the library with support for 2.6.25 and later Linux kernels. Workarounds for older kernels are not enabled.


This tells Glibc to compile itself against the headers recently installed to the tools directory, so that it knows exactly what features the kernel has and can optimize itself accordingly.


The linker installed during Section 5.4, “Binutils-2.22 - Pass 1” was cross-compiled and as such cannot be used until Glibc has been installed. This means that the configure test for force-unwind support will fail, as it relies on a working linker. The libc_cv_forced_unwind=yes variable is passed in order to inform configure that force-unwind support is available without it having to run the test.


Simlarly, we pass libc_cv_c_cleanup=yes through to the configure script so that the test is skipped and C cleanup handling support is configured.


Simlarly, we pass libc_cv_ctors_header=yes through to the configure script so that the test is skipped and gcc constructor support is configured.

During this stage the following warning might appear:

configure: WARNING:
*** These auxiliary programs are missing or
*** incompatible versions: msgfmt
*** some features will be disabled.
*** Check the INSTALL file for required versions.

The missing or incompatible msgfmt program is generally harmless. This msgfmt program is part of the Gettext package which the host distribution should provide.

Compile the package:


This package does come with a test suite, however, it cannot be run at this time because we do not have a C++ compiler yet.



The test suite also requires locale data to be installed in order to run successfully. Locale data provides information to the system regarding such things as the date, time, and currency formats accepted and output by system utilities. If the test suites are not being run in this chapter (as per the recommendation), there is no need to install the locales now. The appropriate locales will be installed in the next chapter. To install the Glibc locales anyway, use instructions from Section 6.9, “Glibc-2.16.0.”

Install the package:

make install


At this point, it is imperative to stop and ensure that the basic functions (compiling and linking) of the new toolchain are working as expected. To perform a sanity check, run the following commands:

echo 'main(){}' > dummy.c
$LFS_TGT-gcc dummy.c
readelf -l a.out | grep ': /tools'

If everything is working correctly, there should be no errors, and the output of the last command will be of the form:

[Requesting program interpreter: /tools/lib/ld-linux.so.2]

Note that /tools/lib, or /tools/lib64 for 64-bit machines appears as the prefix of the dynamic linker.

If the output is not shown as above or there was no output at all, then something is wrong. Investigate and retrace the steps to find out where the problem is and correct it. This issue must be resolved before continuing on.

Once all is well, clean up the test files:

rm -v dummy.c a.out


Building Binutils in the next section will serve as an additional check that the toolchain has been built properly. If Binutils fails to build, it is an indication that something has gone wrong with the previous Binutils, GCC, or Glibc installations.

Details on this package are located in Section 6.9.4, “Contents of Glibc.”