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Mass GCC 4.6 bug filling (Re: Bug#624997: writerperfect: FTBFS: Style.hxx:36:45: error: 'NULL' was not declared in this scope)

Dear Lucas and everybody,

the recent archive rebuild uncovered a large number of GCC 4.6 build failures
(that could been already forseen from Launchpad).  In the long run, I find very
impressive the contribution from the major Linux distribution to their upstreams
for keeping them up to date with recent toolchains.

However, given my experience of repetitive patching cycles with earlier GCC
updates, it would be pointless to spend a lot of energy updating our packages
now if it is only to realise in few weeks that the next GCC update would
require yet another header.

So can we have some perspectives and gross time frame, sent on
debian-devel-announce@l.d.o, that we could also use as a reference when we will
forward the issue to our upstreams ?  For the packages I maintain, I would
prefer to see – and help – these bugs fixed by new upstream release rather than
by patch.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Illkirch-Graffenstaden, Alsace, France

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