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autotools: Enable building static liblxc #2265

brauner opened this Issue Apr 9, 2018 · 5 comments


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brauner commented Apr 9, 2018

This was something that @tych0 once requested. @tych0 did you ever manage to make this work and have a patch ready?


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t3hmrman commented May 24, 2018

Just wanted to note that I tried to start figuring out how to set this up (on Alpine), thinking I could just use --enable-static and --disable-shared with configure.

That ended relatively quickly with an error due to not being able to find -- is this one of the things that don't have static versions?

/bin/bash ../../libtool  --tag=CC   --mode=link gcc -fPIC -DPIC -DLXCROOTFSMOUNT=\"/usr/lib/lxc/rootfs\" -DLXCPATH=\"/var/lib/lxc\" -DLXC_GLOBAL_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc.conf\" -DLXCINITDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLIBEXECDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLXCTEMPLATEDIR=\"/usr/share/lxc/template
s\" -DLXCTEMPLATECONFIG=\"/usr/share/lxc/config\" -DLOGPATH=\"/var/log/lxc\" -DLXC_DEFAULT_CONFIG=\"/etc/lxc/default.conf\" -DLXC_USERNIC_DB=\"/run/lxc/nics\" -DLXC_USERNIC_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc-usernet\" -DDEFAULT_CGROUP_PATTERN=\"lxc/%n\" -DRUNTIME_PATH=\"/run\" -DSBINDIR=\
"/usr/sbin\" -I ../../src -I ../../src/lxc -I ../../src/lxc/storage -I ../../src/lxc/cgroups     -DHAVE_SECCOMP  -pthread  -Os -fomit-frame-pointer -Wall -pthread -shared -Wl,-soname, -version-info 1 -Wl,--as-needed -o -rpath /usr/lib liblxc_la-argument
s.lo storage/liblxc_la-storage.lo storage/liblxc_la-aufs.lo storage/liblxc_la-btrfs.lo storage/liblxc_la-dir.lo storage/liblxc_la-loop.lo storage/liblxc_la-lvm.lo storage/liblxc_la-nbd.lo storage/liblxc_la-overlay.lo storage/liblxc_la-rbd.lo storage/liblxc_la-rsync.lo stora
ge/liblxc_la-zfs.lo storage/liblxc_la-storage_utils.lo cgroups/liblxc_la-cgfs.lo cgroups/liblxc_la-cgfsng.lo cgroups/liblxc_la-cgroup_utils.lo cgroups/liblxc_la-cgroup.lo liblxc_la-commands.lo liblxc_la-commands_utils.lo liblxc_la-start.lo liblxc_la-execute.lo liblxc_la-mon
itor.lo liblxc_la-console.lo liblxc_la-freezer.lo liblxc_la-error.lo liblxc_la-parse.lo liblxc_la-initutils.lo liblxc_la-utils.lo liblxc_la-sync.lo liblxc_la-namespace.lo liblxc_la-conf.lo liblxc_la-confile.lo liblxc_la-confile_legacy.lo liblxc_la-confile_utils.lo liblxc_la
-state.lo liblxc_la-log.lo liblxc_la-attach.lo liblxc_la-criu.lo liblxc_la-network.lo liblxc_la-nl.lo liblxc_la-rtnl.lo liblxc_la-genl.lo liblxc_la-caps.lo liblxc_la-mainloop.lo liblxc_la-af_unix.lo liblxc_la-lxclock.lo liblxc_la-lxccontainer.lo lsm/liblxc_la-nop.lo lsm/lib
lxc_la-lsm.lo       liblxc_la-seccomp.lo -lcap   -lseccomp   -lutil -lpthread -lcap
libtool: link: gcc -DLXCROOTFSMOUNT=\"/usr/lib/lxc/rootfs\" -DLXCPATH=\"/var/lib/lxc\" -DLXC_GLOBAL_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc.conf\" -DLXCINITDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLIBEXECDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLXCTEMPLATEDIR=\"/usr/share/lxc/templates\" -DLXCTEMPLATECONFIG=\"/usr/share/lxc/conf
ig\" -DLOGPATH=\"/var/log/lxc\" -DLXC_DEFAULT_CONFIG=\"/etc/lxc/default.conf\" -DLXC_USERNIC_DB=\"/run/lxc/nics\" -DLXC_USERNIC_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc-usernet\" -DDEFAULT_CGROUP_PATTERN=\"lxc/%n\" -DRUNTIME_PATH=\"/run\" -DSBINDIR=\"/usr/sbin\" -I ../../src -I ../../src/lxc -I
 ../../src/lxc/storage -I ../../src/lxc/cgroups -DHAVE_SECCOMP -DNO_LXC_CONF -Os -fomit-frame-pointer -Wall -static -Wl,--as-needed -o init.lxc.static tools/init_lxc_static-lxc_init.o init_lxc_static-error.o init_lxc_static-log.o init_lxc_static-initutils.o init_lxc_static-
caps.o  -lutil -lpthread -lcap     
../../libtool: line 2625: func__fatal_error: command not found
libtool: link: ( cd ".libs" && rm -f "" && ln -s "../" "" )
/bin/bash ../../libtool  --tag=CC   --mode=link gcc -DLXCROOTFSMOUNT=\"/usr/lib/lxc/rootfs\" -DLXCPATH=\"/var/lib/lxc\" -DLXC_GLOBAL_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc.conf\" -DLXCINITDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLIBEXECDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLXCTEMPLATEDIR=\"/usr/share/lxc/templates\" -DLXCTEM
PLATECONFIG=\"/usr/share/lxc/config\" -DLOGPATH=\"/var/log/lxc\" -DLXC_DEFAULT_CONFIG=\"/etc/lxc/default.conf\" -DLXC_USERNIC_DB=\"/run/lxc/nics\" -DLXC_USERNIC_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc-usernet\" -DDEFAULT_CGROUP_PATTERN=\"lxc/%n\" -DRUNTIME_PATH=\"/run\" -DSBINDIR=\"/usr/sbin\"
 -I ../../src -I ../../src/lxc -I ../../src/lxc/storage -I ../../src/lxc/cgroups     -DHAVE_SECCOMP  -Os -fomit-frame-pointer -Wall -Wl,-E  -Wl,--as-needed -o lxc-attach tools/lxc_attach.o -lcap   -lseccomp  -lutil -lpthread -lcap
/bin/bash ../../libtool  --tag=CC   --mode=link gcc -DLXCROOTFSMOUNT=\"/usr/lib/lxc/rootfs\" -DLXCPATH=\"/var/lib/lxc\" -DLXC_GLOBAL_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc.conf\" -DLXCINITDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLIBEXECDIR=\"/usr/libexec\" -DLXCTEMPLATEDIR=\"/usr/share/lxc/templates\" -DLXCTEM
PLATECONFIG=\"/usr/share/lxc/config\" -DLOGPATH=\"/var/log/lxc\" -DLXC_DEFAULT_CONFIG=\"/etc/lxc/default.conf\" -DLXC_USERNIC_DB=\"/run/lxc/nics\" -DLXC_USERNIC_CONF=\"/etc/lxc/lxc-usernet\" -DDEFAULT_CGROUP_PATTERN=\"lxc/%n\" -DRUNTIME_PATH=\"/run\" -DSBINDIR=\"/usr/sbin\"
 -I ../../src -I ../../src/lxc -I ../../src/lxc/storage -I ../../src/lxc/cgroups     -DHAVE_SECCOMP  -Os -fomit-frame-pointer -Wall -Wl,-E  -Wl,--as-needed -o lxc-autostart tools/lxc_autostart.o -lcap   -lseccomp  -lutil -lpthread -lcap
libtool:   error: cannot find name of link library for ''
make[3]: *** [Makefile:1196: lxc-autostart] Error 1

Also, a ldd on one of the lxc-<subcommand> binaries generated on Alpine reveals the following:

      qemu-test:~/packages/main/x86_64$ file ./usr/bin/lxc-usernsexec
      ./usr/bin/lxc-usernsexec: ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib/, stripped
      qemu-test:~/packages/main/x86_64$ ldd ./usr/bin/lxc-usernsexec
              /lib/ (0x7f33716c2000)
     => /usr/lib/ (0x7f3371206000)
     => /lib/ (0x7f33716c2000)
     => /usr/lib/ (0x7f3370fc6000)
     => /usr/lib/ (0x7f3370dc1000)

musl libc can be statically included so I'm not worried about that, and I'm trying to work with CoreOS, so libseccomp & libcap are installed there, and I'm not worried about them:

core@localhost ~ $ ldconfig -p | grep "seccomp" (libc6,x86-64) => /lib64/ (libc6,x86-64) => /lib64/
core@localhost ~ $ ldconfig -p | grep "libcap" (libc6,x86-64) => /lib64/ (libc6,x86-64) => /lib64/ (libc6,x86-64) => /lib64/

So it looks like the only problem is this liblxc, but I'm not sure where it comes from -- where can I find the sources for liblxc?


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tcharding commented Aug 20, 2018

What is src/lxc/.libs/liblxc.a if its not static liblxc?


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t3hmrman commented Aug 20, 2018

Hey @tcharding sorry but where did you see/on what distribution was that? If I somehow failed to see an obvious statically compiled liblxc that's in a distribution somewhere then I apologize.


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brauner commented Aug 20, 2018

I've just recently enabled this

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