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Bug#115353: gcc: cc & gcc should use update-alternatives mechanism

On Sun, Oct 14, 2001 at 10:26:37AM +0200, Matthias Klose wrote:
> marko writes:
> > As in subject: I think that cc and gcc should be provided
> > through update-alternatives mechanism, so user could
> > switch between gcc272, gcc-2.95 and gcc-3.0 more easily.
> > 
> > Eg. use gcc-3.0 for cc but gcc-2.95 for gcc or whatever...
> gcc-3.0 doesn't use alternatives to make sure that the preferred
> system compiler is used when calling 'gcc'. If you want to test
> gcc-3.0 for a particular package,

'preferred' by whom?  I think that this should be controlled by
sysadmin.  The whole 'alternatives' system for making easy
for sysadmin to change defaults.  Why gcc is exception?

> - use CC=gcc-3.0 CXX=g++-3.0 when configuring/compiling a package

Yeah, I know that.

> - make ~<user>/bin/gcc a symlink to gcc-3.0 and add it to your path

But if I want to do that on system level?


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