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Bug#485878: g++-3.4 no longer in testing

Package: g++-3.4
Version: 3.4.6-6
Severity: important

g++-3.4 has recently disappeared from testing (although gcc-3.4 is still
there). *Please don't do this!* I rely on my Debian testing system for
hosting application development that needs to work on all kinds of other
platforms, many of which do not run gcc-4 yet. Although I do the initial
work in the latest g++-4, I also want to be able to build with every
flavour of g++-3, and even with g++-2.95 if possible. I will eventually
build on the target platform, of course, but it's great to be able to
check for compiler and library compatibility on Linux first, typically
using a tinderbox arrangement.

I could of course build my own g++ from source, or add the etch
repository, but this doesn't seem like the right way to solve the

I've noticed the same problem with other packages (eg nVidia drivers)
where older versions of packages are taken out of sid before they are
able to go into testing (eg because they depend on an xorg version that
isn't in testing yet). As a result, there was NO usable nvidia package in
testing for a long time (and may be still: I don't know, because I
switched to ATI hardware in frustration).

Sometimes it feels like testing is the poor relation in the Debian
world, and so it's not so surprising that many people have "defected" to
Ubuntu. Debian testing works well for someone like myself, who wants a
reasonably stable application development platform (ie not sid) but
needs access to relatively up-to-date libraries (eg GTK).

Sorry for the rant, but hopefully you now see where I am coming from.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (900, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.24-1-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_CA.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_CA.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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