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Bug#148015: marked as done (gcc-3.0: Use 'update-alternatives' to set default compiler)

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Package: gcc-3.0
Version: 1:3.0.4-9
Severity: wishlist

gcc-3.0 and gcc-3.1 install gcc-3.0 and gcc-3.1 in /usr/bin, while 
gcc (ver 2.95) install /usr/bin/gcc. It would be more streamlined 
to use /etc/alternatives to point to one of the compilers.
The same applies for manpages and other compilers and utilities.

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux pro18 2.4.18 #238 SMP Wed May 15 12:09:39 CEST 2002 i686

Versions of packages gcc-3.0 depends on:
ii  binutils          The GNU assembler, linker and bina
ii  cpp-3.0                    1:3.0.4-9     The GNU C preprocessor.
ii  gcc-3.0-base               1:3.0.4-9     The GNU Compiler Collection (base 
ii  libc6                      2.2.5-6       GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libgcc1                    1:3.1-2       GCC support library.

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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 22:25:26 +0200
To: Jochen Voss <jvoss2@web.de>, 119952-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#119952: should bug #119952 be closed?
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Jochen Voss writes:
> Hello,
> I suggest to simply close bug #119952 and friends.  It is tagged
> wontfix and you won't get many new copies, because gcc-3.0 becomes out
> of fashion, now.

fine with me. for the record here the explanation:

gcc-x.y doesn't use alternatives to make sure that the preferred
system compiler is used when calling 'gcc'. switching the compiler
may break your system (will break for C++). In most gcc-x.y versions
ABI's are different.

If you want to test gcc-x.y for a particular package,

- use CC=gcc-x.y CXX=g++-x.y when configuring/compiling a package

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

- if you know what you do, there is the option to divert the gcc/g++

closing the reports, adding to our karma.

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