Bug#101731: marked as done (GCC series of packages should properly use the Debian alternatives system)
> No, it should not. Read /usr/share/doc/gcc/README.Debian:
> gcc-defaults for Debian
> Provide the architecture specific defaults for the compilers of the
> GNU compiler collection (gcc).
> The default compiler versions for Debian GNU/Linux on i386 are
> (minor version numbers omitted):
> cpp - cpp-2.95.4 (package cpp-2.95)
> gcc - gcc-2.95.4 (package cpp-2.95)
> g++ - g++-2.95.4 (package cpp-2.95)
> gobjc - gcc-2.95.4 (package cpp-2.95)
> g77 - g77-2.95.4 (package cpp-2.95)
> gcj - gcj-3.0 (package cpp-3.0)
> gpc - gpc-2.95.4 (package cpp-2.95)
> chill - chill-2.95.4 (package cpp-2.95)
ok, I'll fix this for the next upload ^^^^^^^^^
> This is not supposed to be user selectable on a systemwide basis. The
> compilers are too different.
... and include the rationale in the README.