RFC: make IcedTea-web to be compatible with RHEL5 libraries

Jiri Vanek jvanek at redhat.com
Thu Jun 16 11:10:09 PDT 2011

On 05/18/2011 07:08 PM, Dr Andrew John Hughes wrote:
> On 12:48 Wed 18 May     , Pavel Tisnovsky wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I've found that IcedTea-web can not be build on RHEL5 because this
>> system has older glibc libraries (2.5-*) and some code in
>> IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc depends on newer functions.
>> I've tried to rewrite this class not to use these functions. Can anybody
>> please look at these changes? They are stored in an attachments as patch
>> file.
>> Any comments are welcome!
>> Cheers,
>> Pavel
> Looking at the changes, I think you mean glib not glibc.
> I don't think this is the right way to fix this.  If RHEL5 is missing these
> glib functions, we should test for that in configure and use local definitions
> of those functions, rather than using inferior functions on all platforms.

As there was no reply to this issue, I have an idea to add configure otion --with-rhel5-buildable, which will include pavel's patch to icedtea-web and compile it on rhel 5 so he will be able to run it on his rhel 5 test machines. What do you think?

Regards J.

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