Status of HLFS project

Robert Connolly robert at
Wed Sep 13 18:37:17 PDT 2006

It's active, but I seem to be the only maintainer and I work 55 hours per 
week. There are several things I'd like to complete before a stable 
release... stuff like fixing most of the compiler warnings, finding how to 
get all the testsuites to pass, auditing the patches. The combination of gcc4 
and fortify_source added some bugs that also need to be worked out. Plus I've 
been sidetracked with tempfile handling, and sidetracked again with Gzip's 
lack of maintenance (by gnu). It came to my attention that netbsd's gzip uses 
zlib (and also uses libbz2 for bzip2 decompression support), and I'd like to 
have that (I've had good luck porting bsd features to linux and hopefully it 
won't stop). There's also a conflict between Owl's texinfo and texinfo-cvs. 
Not to mention the lfs utf8 differences.

I'm sorry to say I'm much better being an hlfs-unstable maintainer than 
hlfs-stable maintainer. I'd love to have hlfs-stable, but I never stop 
finding things to break/fix :-) If releasing hlfs-stable is a priority then 
it would be a good idea to create a second branch which removes the 
half-working stuff and stabilizes the rest. I honestly don't see an end to 
the instability without a second maintainer :-\ For an hlfs-stable, at the 
present time, I would suggest something like linux-2.4, glibc-2.4, gcc-3.4, 
and binutils-2.17... or even gcc41 without fortify_source. I would also 
suggest downgrading some packages, like shadow-utils, and adding bugfix 
patches. I'd be happy to help with -stable, but I don't want to 
stop -unstable.


On Wednesday 13 September 2006 18:45, Jan Dvořák wrote:
> Hi,
> 	what is the current HLFS status? Is project temporary stopped or is it
> completely dead? It obviously is not in active development.
> 	What are we waiting for? How can I, HLFS (Glibc) user help you to bring
> HLFS further?
> - Mordae
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