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linux 2.0.x will not compile on unstable

Potato uses egc as the standard C compiler. But, linux 2.0.x will not compile
with a version of gcc greater than 2.7.2.x, when I tried to compile the code I
got the error message:
This code is tested with gcc 2.7.2.x only. Using egcs/gcc 2.8.x needs
additional patches that have not been sufficiently tested to include by default.

See http://www.suse.de/~florian/kernel+egcs.html for more information Remove
this if you have applied the gcc 2.8/egcs patches and wish to use them.
I am about to download and apply the patches, but I am not sure if they will
work. I have to use the 2.0.36 kernel, 2.2.7, won't handle my sound card or
extra mono display. Could gcc be made avaliable by alternatives so I could set
CC=gcc272 in the kernel makefile, could I have two versions of gcc installed
at once, or is that not possible? I will probably end up installing gcc on my
firewall (a machine running slink), and compile the kernel there, not an
optimal situation, I know.

I think it would be a shame if Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 could not compile old

I consume, therefore I am

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