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Glibc 2.17 Supports 64-Bit ARM, Improved Features

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Published on 26 December 2012 06:22 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Version 2.17 of the GNU C Library, glibc, was released on Christmas. This major update introduces AArch64 (64-bit ARM) architecture support and other new functionality.

The key features for the Christmas day release of glibc 2.17 include:

- Port to AArch64 / 64-bit ARM from Linaro.

- Optimized memcpy() function for MIPS.

- SystemTap static probes have been added into the dynamic linker.

- Optimized strstr, strcasestr, memmem, memchr, wcschr, wcscpy, and wcsrchr string functions.

- Improved cross-compilation support.

This new version of glibc is dependent upon at least version 2.6.16 of the Linux kernel. The release announcement for glibc 2.17 can be found at SourceWare.org.

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