General Information about filing bugs
What bugs should be reported?
Most users do not compile the GNU C Library from the sources released by the GNU developers. Most people are using glibc binaries supplied with a complete operating system distribution. Distributions may include their own modifications to glibc in the binaries and sources you get with the operating system. If the glibc you are using comes from a complete operating system distribution, you should report bugs to that distribution project first. Your distribution's own documentation and web pages should refer you to their bug-reporting system. Your distribution's maintainers will determine whether the problem is specific to their modifications or other details of that particular system. If the problem does exist in the standard GNU C Library code, they will report it to the GNU maintainers or direct you how to do so.
So you still want to file a bug?
If you have determined that your bug should be directed directly to the GNU developers and not your distribution maintainers, your next step should be to check the latest sources. Information on the glibc source repository can be found here.
As a rule, bug reports should generally be filed against the current source versions at the time you file the bug. glibc development can move quickly at times and you may find your specific bug has already been fixed. Where to file a bug?
Glibc has a bug database. File bugs against the product name "glibc" and select the appropriate version you are reporting the problem against.
Bug reporting instructions
Step 1. Check your bug against current glibc sources
You might save yourself significant effort by simply checking the problem still exists with current development branch. Building glibc is a tricky business, and glibc maintainers will generally not offer generous support for people having problems building the library. However, you can always ask any question on the help mailing list.
Step 2. Search for existing bugs
Your bug may already have been reported. Firstly, use a general web search engine such as Google to investigate your problem. Search engines should index many different mailing lists where others may have explored the same problem.
Secondly, try your search via the search functionality provided at by the glibc mailing lists. These are the main lists where the GNU developers discuss glibc issues.
Finally, use the query existing bug reports and the most frequently reported bugs forms to attempt to identify your bug in Bugzilla.
If you find your bug some relevant actions (in increasing order of usefulness) might be
- Add yourself to the CC list for the bug to keep informed about developments.
- Confirmation of the bug in a different environment or architecture.
- More information on how to trigger the bug.
- A self contained test case to replicate the bug, if one does not exist.
- A patch to correct the bug.
Step 3. File a new bug
Please take into account the following guidelines:
Even if you think a bug is new, expert glibc bug hunters may recognise it as a symptom of an existing problem and mark it as duplicate.
Support is broadly divided up into components relating to divisions in the libc source code. Please read the component descriptions and file your bug appropriately.
What to put in a new report
- The glibc version you are using; either from a official release or the date and time you checked out the sources.
- The host/build/target triplets.
- If you are cross compiling, you should already know these.
- If you otherwise don't know use the output of scripts/config.guess.
- The options given to the ./configure command
- The kernel you are running on each of host, build, and target (obtain the output of uname -a)
- The version of gcc and toolchain you are using to build glibc (obtain the output of *gcc -v and ld -v)
- A description of the problem and some way to replicate the problem. The only way to guarantee anyone will look at your bug report is to provide a self contained test case that illustrates the problem; it is far too time consuming for developers to track down problems in other peoples code. If the developers can not replicate the problem, there is little hope of getting it fixed.
- Any analysis of the problem you have performed.
- If your bug relates to incorrect behaviour of standardised interfaces, a link to the appropriate section of the standard.
What not to put in a new report
- E-mail messages that complement previous, incomplete bug reports. Post a new, self-contained, full bug report instead, if possible as a follow-up to the original bug report
- Duplicate bug reports, or reports of bugs already fixed in the development tree, especially those that have already been reported as fixed last week.
- Bugs in gcc, the linker/assembler or your application. These are all separate projects, with separate mailing lists and different bug reporting procedures
- Bugs in releases or snapshots of glibc not issued by the GNU Project. Report them to whoever provided you with the release (usually your distribution).
- Questions about the correctness or the expected behaviour of standardised system calls. These might be more appropriately asked in other forums.