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How to upgrade glibc from version 2.13 to 2.15 on Debian?

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glibc

I heard I can do it using apt-get install libc6, but I need to add something to /etc/apt/sources.list to receive the newest glibc version. What should I do?

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antpetr89 Avatar asked Jun 02 '12 22:06

antpetr89


2 Answers

I was able to install libc6 2.17 in Debian Wheezy by editing the recommendations in perror's answer:

IMPORTANT
You need to exit out of your display manager by pressing CTRL-ALT-F1. Then you can stop x (slim) with sudo /etc/init.d/slim stop

(replace slim with mdm or lightdm or whatever)

Add the following line to the file /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian experimental main

Should be changed to:

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian sid main

Then follow the rest of perror's post:

Update your package database:

apt-get update

Install the glibc package:

apt-get -t sid install libc6-amd64 libc6-dev libc6-dbg

IMPORTANT
After done updating libc6, restart computer, and you should comment out or remove the sid source you just added (deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian sid main), or else you risk upgrading your whole distro to sid.

Hope this helps. It took me a while to figure out.

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0E 800 Avatar answered Sep 18 '22 19:09

0E 800


In fact you cannot do it easily right now (at the time I am writing this message). I will try to explain why.

First of all, the glibc is no more, it has been subsumed by the eglibc project. And, the Debian distribution switched to eglibc some time ago (see here and there and even on the glibc source package page). So, you should consider installing the eglibc package through this kind of command:

apt-get install libc6-amd64 libc6-dev libc6-dbg 

Replace amd64 by the kind of architecture you want (look at the package list here).

Unfortunately, the eglibc package version is only up to 2.13 in unstable and testing. Only the experimental is providing a 2.17 version of this library. So, if you really want to have it in 2.15 or more, you need to install the package from the experimental version (which is not recommended). Here are the steps to achieve as root:

  1. Add the following line to the file /etc/apt/sources.list:

    deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian experimental main 
  2. Update your package database:

    apt-get update 
  3. Install the eglibc package:

    apt-get -t experimental install libc6-amd64 libc6-dev libc6-dbg 
  4. Pray...

Well, that's all folks.

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perror Avatar answered Sep 17 '22 19:09

perror