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GNU C Library

Library for use with GNU/Hurd and GNU/Linux

The GNU C Library (glibc) is the standard C library of the GNU system. It defines the system calls and other basic functionality necessary to write programs in the C language. It handles low-level functionality that communicates with the kernel, such as process and file management, as well as higher-level functionality such as string manipulation or command-line argument handling.

In GNU/Linux distributions, the C library works with the Linux kernel to implement the operating system behavior seen by user applications. In GNU/Hurd, it works with a microkernel and Hurd servers.

The GNU C Library implements much of the POSIX.1 functionality in the GNU system, using configurations i[4567]86-*-gnu. The current GNU/Hurd support requires out-of-tree patches that will eventually be incorporated into an official GNU C Library release.

It is one of the most important components of the GNU operating system and its variants GNU/Linux. It is used by almost all C programs and provides the most essential program interface.


C Library reference manual available online from http://www.gnu.org/software/libc/manual/ and in printed form from https://order.fsf.org/#manuals or 1-617-542-5942

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released on 5 February 2017

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License:LGPLKelly Hopkins21 May 2010

Leaders and contributors

Thomas Bushnell Contributor
C Library Steering Committee Maintainer
Andreas Schwab Contributor
Miles Bader Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,SupportE-mailmailto:bug-glibc@gnu.org
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttp://sourceware.org/git/?p=glibc.git
Bug TrackingVCS Repository Webviewhttp://sourceware.org/bugzilla/enter_bug.cgi?product=glibc

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 7 February 2017.


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