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Bug#119064: gcc-3.0: gcc should be a `Provides'

Actually... That's not quite how it works.  The "gcc" binary  package
comes from the "gcc-defaults" source package, which bundles up the
Debian-recommended gcc default for each arch... 2.95 for most, 2.96 for
ia64, and 3.0 for hppa.

Pentiumbuilder probably depends on "gcc" to make sure you get a sane
default for your architecture.  There's nothing stopping you from having
the default compiler AND another installed though, and I'm sure you can
either futz with pentiumbuilder to make it use a non-default gcc, or
provide symlinks in your homedir to make it work.

The GCC maintainer(s) (of which I am not one) have made their position
pretty clear on this in the past.  GCC alternatives are asking for
trouble, because maintainer machines may not always be running the
default compilers, and things get messy, from a distribution standpoint.

... Adam Conrad
(Not a Debian developer, but opinionated nonetheless)

-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart T. R. Rowan [mailto:stuart@strr.org] On Behalf Of Stuart
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 7:39 AM
To: Junichi Uekawa
Cc: 119064@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Bug#119064: gcc-3.0: gcc should be a `Provides'

No it can't - it depends upon the gcc package. the only package which
supplies this dependency is gcc-2.95 hence the problem.

On Fri, 2002-02-01 at 12:45, Junichi Uekawa wrote:
> "Stuart T.R.Rowan" <stuart@strr.org> cum veritate scripsit:
> > gcc-3.0 should provide gcc, then pentium-builder for example would
be able
> > to be installed on a gcc-3.0 system and as the originarl reporter
hinted at,
> > its very annoying that /etc/alternatives et al don't properly ask
which gcc
> > you want as the system default with a debconf style thingie (as I'd
> > and on top of this as they mentioned if you only have gcc-3.0
installed then
> > there is no 'gcc' command on the system - CRAZY!!!
> What is your point?
> pentium-builder can be installed on a gcc-3.0 system, 
> can't it ?
> regards,
> 	junichi
> -- 
> dancer@debian.org : Junichi Uekawa   http://www.netfort.gr.jp/~dancer
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