Friday, February 17, 2006


Sun Studio 11, dbx, glibc and my old SuSe

OK, after having heard SUN now offers Sun Studio 11 on Linux, I tried to download it.

This is of course a pathetic excuse for a software. Simply NetBeans-based IDE which merely invokes GNU compilers. There is also Motif-based "X-designer" ... Br... And yes, there is "sample" C++ GUI "project". Nonsense.

The only remotely useful piece of whole crap could be dbx debugger, but of course it fails to start on my system asking for newer version of GNU libc :

dbx: /lib/i686/ version `GLIBC_2.3.4' not found (required by dbx)

I even risked downloading latest GNU libc (2.3.6 right now), hoping to install it into a separate directory (not really sure whether this is possible in the first place); this hope however died in vain after this error:

cannot set up thread-local storage: set_thread_area failed when setting up thread-local storage

It seems like something on my system is too old, either kernel (2.4.21), or compiler (3.3.1), or both.

Found one interesting page on the subject of upgrading which supposedly describes a (presumably) safe way to do so. It follows from it that I might have better luck trying 2.3.4, though I still don't understand whether I can simply install it in another directory to a avoid de-stabilizing the system or not.

May be I try it one day.

My SuSe 9.0 is rapidly becoming too old and outdated, so that few pre-compiled binaries can be installed. Unfortunately.

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