Bug 14304

Summary: Provide some parts of librt in libc as well
Product: glibc Reporter: Adam Jackson <ajax>
Component: nptlAssignee: Not yet assigned to anyone <unassigned>
Severity: enhancement CC: drepper.fsp
Priority: P2 Flags: fweimer: security-
Version: 2.13   
Target Milestone: ---   
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Description Adam Jackson 2012-06-27 14:59:55 UTC
librt links against libpthread, mostly because aio_* are implemented in threads instead of in the kernel AFAICT.  This is unfortunate, because many libraries would like to use (for example) clock_gettime, but doing so pulls in pthreads.  Now you have no choice but to hit the more expensive thread-safe paths, because your library can't know whether multiple threads actually exist, only whether the pthread symbols are non-zero.

The complementary problem also exists for applications that are unthreaded: if they link against librt, pthread symbols will be non-zero, and any thread-safe library beneath that app now has to behave thread-safely.

This is especially comic when reading the clock_gettime implementation, which goes out of its way to work correctly regardless of whether __pthread_clock_gettime is available.

Ideally it would be possible to provide most of these symbols from libc directly (presumably versioned so the app requires a sufficiently new libc).
Comment 1 Andreas Schwab 2013-01-15 14:34:56 UTC
The clock_* function have been moved to libc.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 14743 ***