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Re: RFD : libg++/gcc/egcs upgrades needed for libc6 (READ ME)

On Sun, Feb 22, 1998 at 03:28:43PM -0700, Galen Hazelwood wrote:
> Christian Leutloff wrote:
> > I don't see a need for choosing a default compiler. It should (better
> > must) be possible to use them simultaneously in our distribution. Same
> > as we are supporting different kinds of emacs we should make different
> > C compiler available.
> Sure, we should.  But we have to prioritize.  One of these packages has to be
> more equal than the others.  And since that one will be the compiler all the
> users will see, as well as being the compiler which all packages will be
> built with, the choice is pretty damn important.

We will come to a point, where gcc 2.7.2 will not be able to compile all
packages (C++ comes to mind. Only recently gcc 2.7 was able to compile
libgtkmm, because of substantial changes in libgtkmm. Others may follow).

I don't know when this will be. Hopefully gcc 2.8 will then be usable.

Is it a bug in the standard compiler if a package can't be compiled or a bug
in the package? If a package can be compiled with egcs (and it follows the
standard of that language), but can't be compiled with gcc, what is to fix?


> > What should we do if an upstream author decide rely on features that
> > the other compiler don't has.
> If we're forced to use another compiler, we use another compiler.  But
> barring that, all packages should be built with the _same_ compiler.  See
> above.

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