[NTG-context] Support for musl

Henri henrimenke at gmail.com
Tue Jan 30 00:23:14 CET 2018

It looks like we are going to get upstream support for musl from TeX live.

There is this extremely long thread on the tlbuild mailing list.

An automated build on Alpine Linux has been included in the TeX live continuous
integration on GitHub.

What would I have to do in order to get an automated build for ConTeXt
standalone for musl?

Hans might be interested in detecting musl libc automatically, which I have
recently merged into GNU autotools:
It uses ldd to detect whether musl is used because ldd prints "musl libc" to

On Fri, 2018-01-19 at 12:22 +0100, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
> On 19 January 2018 at 11:40, Henri Menke wrote:
> > 
> > Dear list,
> > 
> > I'd like to support Linux platforms which use musl (https://www.musl-libc.or
> > g/) 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.
> We would need to set up a VM running that version of Linux + some
> other stuff (at the moment we are experiencing some technical issues
> with network and the build infrastructure and we need to fix the
> existing issues first, but then we could look into it).
> (Would you expect any other use besides you?)
> Mojca
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