I'm running Debian/Sid/x86-64 on my desktop (mostly for development tasks). Current kernel is Debian 4.12.13
I'm quite interested by the latest features of GNU libc 2.26
libc on my system is:
% /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 GNU C Library (Debian GLIBC 2.24-17) stable release version 2.24, by Roland McGrath et al. Copyright (C) 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Compiled by GNU CC version 6.4.0 20170820. Available extensions: crypt add-on version 2.1 by Michael Glad and others GNU Libidn by Simon Josefsson Native POSIX Threads Library by Ulrich Drepper et al BIND-8.2.3-T5B libc ABIs: UNIQUE IFUNC For bug reporting instructions, please see: <http://www.debian.org/Bugs/>.
Is it unreasonable to upgrade it from the latest GNU sources?
I do know that libc is the cornerstone of most of my Linux distribution... I am too lame to setup a
In practice, can I upgrade my
libc without risking to break most of my system?
(I could afford to have a few obscure utilities not working after that, but I don't want to break all my system and have to re-install it)
In the past, I did upgrade my kernel without harm (to the latest one on kernel.org). Would upgrading
libc be likewise, or are there some naughty things likely to happen? Would going back be as simple as booting some kernel with
init=/bin/sash and running a few commands (probably some
ln -s then