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Old 07-15-2003, 02:25 AM   #1
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A (couple) of questions reguarding libc

I've latly been trying to run the linux binaries for Quake 1, and i've encountered a problem: it dosen't recognize the file as being present, or tells me 'cannot execute binary' when i try to SH a file. (Example: sh quake.x11)

I've checked the readmes and it tells me how "libc 5.2.18 or later" is required. I was pretty assured libc are mostly compiliation binaries of the sort, but never delved too deeply into them. I checked my /lib directory and I have When I /lib/ ...

cecil@darkstar:~$ /lib/
GNU C Library stable release version 2.3.1, by Roland McGrath et al.
Copyright (C) 1992-2001, 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
Compiled by GNU CC version 3.2.2.
Compiled on a Linux 2.4.20 system on 2003-03-04.
Available extensions:
GNU libio by Per Bothner
crypt add-on version 2.1 by Michael Glad and others
linuxthreads-0.10 by Xavier Leroy
libthread_db work sponsored by Alpha Processor Inc
NIS(YP)/NIS+ NSS modules 0.19 by Thorsten Kukuk
Report bugs using the `glibcbug' script to <>.

This should mean i'm running libc6 - more than meets the mark, I've read in terms of backwards compatability..

Now, I noticed something about glibc before across the internet.. after researching, I discovered some more information about it. I am running Slackware 9.0 - and i'm defintly running libc, I gather from all the information between distrubtions and glibc/libc in general.

However, just to check.. whenever I try downloading and running the glibc versions of any quake linux executables, they are immeditatly recognized and try to run. Am I going crazy? However, i've also read some weird issues between everything with the Quake linux binaries and libc and all else.

I've also read something about /etc/ - apparently, this links it to some direction.. i'm not too sure, i'm kind of clouded on it from what i've read. However, this is what I have, after adding /lib/


I was just wondering if anyone could point out anything to me reguarding this whole matter of libc and why 'glibc' binaries execute. Are they backwards compatabile with each other? I never found out anything about that..

Sorry for the long message.

PS: yes i've cd'd to the directory and tried ./filename, all in the correct case.

Last edited by Cecil; 07-15-2003 at 02:45 AM.
Old 07-15-2003, 02:57 AM   #2
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okay.. a quick update..

I've read this on the following message post located at

"If the squake binaries you have are the same as what I have, then they need
(now obsolete and defunct) libc 5... :-/ can you do a "strings squake | head
-15" and tell me if there's a line that reads /lib/ ... if not,
is there a /lib/ ?"

(note: that command returns:

strings squake | head -15

Okay.. is it a possability that it needs 'obsolete' libc5; meaning I need to get an older version of libc installed for backwards compatability(along with /lib/ I only see in my /lib/ dir.)? I usually live by a trial and error method to really learn, but i'd like to take it caution and ask first. Would installing libc5 binaries affect my system negativly? Would it downgrade my libc and make things, well, complete hell? I have confidence it woulden't, and in fact would work just fine, but i'd like to check quick before I do anything.

Last edited by Cecil; 07-15-2003 at 03:08 AM.
Old 07-15-2003, 06:19 AM   #3
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I had the same problem, but I finnaly gave up when I found out it only runs with glibc5. I kept searching for other executables (newer), but I couldn't find any.
Now I play Quake 1 in linux by using VMWare, MS-DOS 6.22 and the original Quake 1. It runs ok, but its not native!


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