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Re: [PATCH][v2] Add dynamic linker support for $EXEC_ORIGIN.

On Friday 20 December 2013 15:24:25 Brooks Moses wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM, Mike Frysinger wrote:
> > this probably should be documented somewhere in glibc (beyond just the
> > code itself).  a quick scan of the manual though doesn't seem to turn up
> > any discussion of topics like rpath or $ORIGIN, so i guess the
> > assumption is that we follow the standard ELF conventions.  which leads
> > into the next point ...
> > 
> > shouldn't it also be coordinated (at least loosely) with the linker and
> > ELF ABI peeps ?  they already fully document (and in some cases
> > implement) the semantics of DT_RPATH/DT_RUNPATH, so having glibc add its
> > own (undocumented) extensions doesn't seem like a good idea.
> Agreed that this needs to be documented, and I was surprised
> substitution patterns are not mentioned in the glibc documentation.
> However, the $ORIGIN and other similar substituation patterns are
> documented in the manpage that's part of the Linux man-pages
> project, and I am planning to submit a patch there once this is
> accepted.  (See, e.g.,
> for a
> current version.)
> IIUC, the latest version of the ELF ABI specification is
>  (That's a
> draft from 10 June 2013.)  That mentions $ORIGIN, but states that the
> behavior for other substitution patterns starting with $ is
> "unspecified".  We already have a couple of additional extensions in
> glibc that are not in the ABI specification: $LIB and $PLATFORM.
> Adding another seems not unreasonable.
> I'm also not seeing any documentation of these patterns in the GNU
> linker manual (;
> in particular, the -rpath option documentation doesn't mention it.  Am
> I missing something there?  I'd be happy to coordinate if there's
> coordination that needs to be done.

i think updating the man page would be sufficient at this point.  the 
glibc manual really should have a section on this, but asking you to write a 
new one from scratch as a prerequisite for merging would be unreasonable ;).

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