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Re: [Patches] Any remaining uses of option groups?

On Tue, 18 Jun 2013, Joseph S. Myers wrote:

> But then, if option groups are only used for releases maybe they should be 
> literally "a patch maintained on top of glibc" - something maintained in 
> the Yocto context, updated once each release cycle (with appropriate 

As further evidence in support of this approach (of removing option groups 
from the EGLIBC repository and leaving those who care about them to 
maintain a patch separately), it has come to my attention that Yocto has 
various patches to fix build problems with some option groups disabled, 
which have not as far as I know been submitted to this list in a form that 
can be applied to trunk, as well as a version of Steve Longerbeam's 
patches related to option group configuration, where no-one has shown any 
interest in getting the patches in a form ready to go into EGLIBC as per 

As a general principle, glibc distributors who care about a feature that 
is broken need to submit their patches to the appropriate upstream, 
otherwise the brokenness may be considered evidence of lack of interest in 
the feature.  And more generally distributors should be (ensuring 
copyright assignments are completed and) working with upstream on getting 
in desired features, and avoiding having local patches unnecessarily 

Joseph S. Myers
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