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Re: Bug#561046: ITP: gcc-arm -- The GNU C Compiler (cross-compiler for ARM targets)

Hi Hector, Matthias and debian-embedded team,

Replying to Hector's email should also address Matthias' concerns, so
here goes:

* Hector Oron <hector.oron@gmail.com> [2009-12-14 02:04:41 +0100]:

> Hello Nicolas,
> 2009/12/14 Nicolas Dandrimont <nicolas.dandrimont@crans.org>:
> > * Package name    : gcc-arm
> >  Version         : 4.4.2
> >  Upstream Author : Numerous (see gcc-4.4-source package)
>   The cross compiler set can be built (in a different variant from
> yours) from gcc and friends package sources. Emdebian.org has been
> providing this sets for a while.
>   A similar ITP was filled (in case you were not aware) a while back,
> #553685, #553687, #553684, #553683, #553682, #553679.

Emdebian seems to focus on embedded Linux targets. However, the
packages I am currently making aim at raw targets (well,
`arm-none-eabi' instead of `arm-linux-gnueabi'). This toolchain would
be an equivalent of the current *-avr toolchain, but for ARM
chips. Maybe the name and description of the packages I intend to make
should be made clearer.

>  In order to keep GPL compliant, dak needs to be taught (if not
> already) how to keep -source build-deps arround for autobuilders.

Hmm. This is a problem I read about but I totally forgot. I re-read
the 'Bits from the FTPMaster meeting'[1], in which Joerg says that
work is underway, but I can't seem to find any bug-report (well, on
the `ftp.debian.org' pseudopackage) keeping track of progress on this

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2009/11/msg00001.html

>   If you are interested on this topic I highly recommend you to join
> debian-embedded@l.d.o, have a look to CategoryEmdebian at wiki.d.o and
> join #emdebian/irc.debian.org.
>   This group (debian-embedded) is working towards a nicer integration
> of tools within a framework easing embedded development.
>   Exotic cross compilers are planned to be kept out of debian, most
> likely debian-ports.org or emdebian.org

I already had a look at the Emdebian documentation, but as it focused
on either porting Debian or cross-compiling specifically for Linux
targets, I went ahead and filed those ITPs for the main debian
archive. I was comforted by the presence of the avr toolchain in main.

Indeed, if you think emdebian is the right place for those packages,
I'll be happy to maintain them under its umbrella.

Thank you for your interest,
Nicolas Dandrimont

NB: I'm subscribed to the debian-embedded@l.d.o mailing list, so no
need to Cc: me back on replies to the list.

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