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Appendix C Installing the GNU C Library

Before you do anything else, you should read the FAQ at It answers common questions and describes problems you may experience with compilation and installation.

Features can be added to the GNU C Library via add-on bundles. These are separate tar files, which you unpack into the top level of the source tree. Then you give configure the ‘--enable-add-ons’ option to activate them, and they will be compiled into the library.

You will need recent versions of several GNU tools: definitely GCC and GNU Make, and possibly others. See Recommended Tools for Compilation, below.