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Recommended update for GlibC


(Last modified: 02MAY2002)

solutions Recommended update for GlibC SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (5d046d5587937c1b994ed260f3f0d1ed)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 and zSeries

Package: rpm
Release: 20020502
Obsoletes: 3674d3a76f3e405ab9acb31f2a943f68


This update should be installed by users of the IBM Java SDK or other products that rely on it. It is also needed when the character collating for multi-byte locales does not work as expected.


Statically linked programs that use locales may need to be recompiled.
For the needed glibc-devel package please refer to:
"Recommended update of GLIBC-DEVEL " (

Problem description

This update to GlibC 2.2.4 fixes the most problems with the IBM Java SDK in
connection with the pthread implementation of GlibC 2.2.2. In detail,
the following bugs have been fixed:
  • Pthread race conditions
  • Profile counting on 31 bit does not work.
  • libSegFault does not work.
  • Missing definition in resource.h
Additionally, the update contains a fix in the collating code for double-byte characters used for sorting in multi-byte locales.
This update is not mandatory if you do not use IBM Java SDK or a multi-byte locale.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below and follow the installation notes precisely.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can be installed onto a running system by bringing the system into single user mode first. Use the 3270 console, login as the z/VM linux guest, login as user "root" to the linux system and run the command
init 1
This will stop the network connection and any running processes. You may need to enter the root password again, afterwards install the new glibc RPM with
rpm -Fhv glibc.rpm timezone.rpm export LC_ALL=POSIX rpm -Fhv rpm.rpm
It is absolutely necessary that you use the commands as shown above. If you want to use YOU for this update, you should start YOU from within a terminal this way:
export LC_ALL=POSIX yast2 online_update

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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