[NTG-context] Support for musl

Andreas Schneider aksdb at gmx.de
Mon Jan 22 20:09:20 CET 2018

Am Freitag, den 19.01.2018, 12:22 +0100 schrieb Mojca Miklavec:
> On 19 January 2018 at 11:40, Henri Menke wrote:
> > Dear list,
> > 
> > I'd like to support Linux platforms which use musl (https://www.mus
> > l-libc.org/) instead of glibc, like for instance Alpine Linux.
> > 
> > How would I go about this?  Can you share existing build scripts
> > for, e.g. Linux-64?  Do I have to provide build infrastructure?
> Can you please raise that question on the TeX Live mailing list?
> If TL team is not willing to support it, we can still do it
> ourselves,
> but let's first see if there's an "official" way to support it, also
> with respect to naming.

You can link musl statically which makes these binaries run basically
everywhere, so it's actually a win for everybody.
The only downsides of musl against libc that I am aware of are some
restrictions in DNS lookups (it doesn't use NSS) and that it may not
link easily against C++ ... but that should be a one-time-fix at source
code level and full fledged DNS support shouldn't matter for TeX

Anyway: IMHO it's worth it and I'm also all for it since I prefer
Alpine as well :D
(I compile my projects using Alpine as well and statically link it
against musl to have binaries that run on all possible linux
distributions independant of their underlying libc.)

Best regards

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